Animal Groups Roleplay Wiki

This policy refers specifically to the posting and redistribution of art on the wiki. Keep in mind art theft can be anywhere (discussions, comments, blog posts, pages), so be mindful when posting art that you don't own here! To see our general policies, click here.

Art Policies

  • If a photo is not allowed for use by the photographer/creator, don't upload it. Not all images are for stock use.

Similarly, do not upload art unless it is yours, or you have credited and received permission from the original artist.

  • You are not under any circumstances allowed to upload art if you are not 100% positive it's allowed to even be used in the first place.
  • Unless you got permission from the artist or a clear indication- DO NOT upload the artwork.
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  • Off-topic photos or spam photos are not allowed on articles.
  • Images (regarding gifs) that are flashy or contain epileptic movement are not permitted.
    • They will be removed. In the case of videos, please give a warning.
  • Tracing images or another artist’s work is not allowed. Do not upload this art to the wiki, as it will be taken down for art theft.
  • Heavily referencing an image or another artist’s work is not allowed.
  • You may not use work that is commissioned or gifted unless it is explicitly for you.
  • While art in profile pictures is not as strict, if this artwork is a commission for someone else or the artist does not allow their work to be used as icons, you are not allowed to use it.
  • If your character’s design is clearly copied from an existing character, this would count as art/design theft and would not be allowed.
  • Impersonation, aka impersonating/acting as an artist to be able to use their art or characters, is a violation of our policies and would be against FANDOM TOU..
    • ”You agree not to.. attempt to impersonate another user or person”
  • Although you may credit art in the file’s description, this would not be allowed if the image is not clickable. You will need to credit it the traditional way by providing credit on the page if you do not want the image to be clickable.
  • If you sell art that is stolen (heavily referenced, traced, etc.), you must refund the commissioner what they paid you and any stolen art that you uploaded will be deleted.

Artwork that you may NOT Use

  • 1.Art Without Permission- If you stumble upon a neat drawing you like, but you see no evidence that the artist allows you to use it- ask them BEFORE you upload. You need to specify on your page and provide EVIDENCE that you are legible to be using the artwork. Ask for permission and if they say yes, show us. If they say no, don't upload it. Never just upload it because you feel like it- some artists depend on art since it's their only source of income and by just taking things without asking or being sure you're allowed to; you're potentially hurting their business. If the artist has already stated that they don't want it being used, or if it's a commission/adoptable up for sale, that automatically disqualifies anyone from being able to use that artwork.
  • 2.Pinterest/other random site Images- Pinterest/other sites are notorious for having an abundance of artwork that may not be reliably traced back to the original source. Most people assume that all artwork on the site is exempt from copyrighted sources, which is far from the case. If you cannot trace the artwork back to a reliable source and stumble upon Pinterest/Another site instead, the art may not be used. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  • 3. Foreign Language Sources.- Unless you have a reliable translator, you have to automatically assume that the artwork is prohibited from being distributed. There are a lot of grey areas when it comes to foreign language sources, so do not let the artwork be used if you come across something like this.
  • 4. AGRW Uploads.- Do not just look through the AGRW uploads list and pick out random artwork from there to use; some of it may very well be stolen artwork.
  • 5. Book Art- Any book cover art/ illustrations within the book are prohibited from being used. These are to automatically be deleted all considering there's no way of actually obtaining permission from a credible author.
  • 6. Warriors Wiki Bases/Art - The Warriors Wiki is a fellow FANDOM website for the Warriors novels and characters. Commonly, the Warriors Wiki has bases they use for character interpreted designs on their site. These are OFF LIMITS. They are copyrighted, and not permitted to be used anywhere off the site.
  • 7. Store-Bought Paintings - Although you may like a painting you find on a website, like a furniture store, it may not be used. These paintings are meant to be bought and hung on walls. They are not permitted to be used on the Wiki.

Artwork that you MAY Use

  • 1. Big Company Artwork.-Let's be honest here, companies like "Disney" and similar companies (including video game companies, TV shows, etc) won't care if their artwork gets uploaded onto a wiki. As long as nobody is making a profit out of them, there's not a big problem. Just be sure to CREDIT them and you should be set to go because we know it's not like you can possibly reach out and ask them for permission.
  • 2. Doll Maker Games- Usually for Dollmaker games, the bases are F2U (Free to use) as long as you provide credit (usually artists watermark their art). These are acceptable on the wiki but do make sure to double-check and try finding the original source if there is one.
  • 3. Fair Use/CC- Anything under the noncommercial and fair use category is as its name implies- free to use! As long as you're not making a profit out of it, it should be fine. Any "free to use" bases, icons, etc.
  • 4. Your own Artwork/Art made for you- You may use your own art freely and artwork that was made for you, so long as it is listed who the artist is; regardless if it is yours or not. Art Crew is not expected to know every artist, so make sure to list that it is your work somewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How Should My Page Look?
    There are a few ways you can list credit and permission. You can use the old traditional way, by simply just putting it DIRECTLY on the page. You could also use the Image Description of a file to put credit & permission (see method here). And, if the image is listed as F2U directly where it is linked, you can simply embed the link into the file.
  2. How Do I Get Permission?
    If you are able to trace back to the original artist, it’s as simple as a DM, comment, or messaging them! If you are uncomfortable asking them, you can look around for any other comments asking to use their work, or ask someone to ask them for you. All you literally have to ask is “May I please use your artwork, [title of work], for a Wiki page? You will be fully credited.” If they say no, you may not use it. If they say YES, screenshot the permission and have it ready to show!
  3. How Do I Credit The Artist?
    Again, so long as you know the original artist, it is not that difficult. Simply put somewhere “artwork belongs to [artist name].”

Fair use and CC

Creative commons definition from Wikipedia:

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.

To sum it up, the Creative Commons (CC) allows people to distribute and use artwork amongst other things. Anything under Creative Commons is allowed to be used. If you see Artwork that has the (CC) symbol, that means it's under creative commons licenses and may be uploaded to the wiki.

Fair Use definition from Wikipedia:

Fair use is a doctrine in the law of the United States that permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. Fair use is one of the limitations to copyright intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing as a defence to copyright infringement claims certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

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