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Copyright Policies

Copyrights are the privileges granted to creators of works to protect those works from unauthorized reproduction and use. Copyrights are protected by Copyright Law under national jurisdiction and international agreement. Contributors to ChippePedia relinquish most copyright privileges and must refrain from infringing on the copyrights of others.

Contributing to ChippePedia

Unless otherwise noted, all content on ChippePedia will be assumed to have been released by the project's main license, the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License version 3.0. This release allows content from ChippePedia to be copied and used for any purpose provided that ChippePedia is given credit as the source (by providing a link back to the article) and any copies or derivative works are given the same or a compatible license with no further restrictions.

Public Domain content

The use of public domain content carries with it no legal obligation. As a courtesy to our users, however, it is suggested that extensive quotations, and especially images and other media copied from a public domain source be clearly labeled as such to facilitate downstream re-use. A citation of the original source is, of course, still required by our citation policy.

  • For works published in the United States prior to 1923, use "This work was published in the United States before 1923 and is now in the public domain.
  • For works created by the United States Government, use "This work was created by the United States Government and is in the public domain.

Fair Use

In United States copyright and trade mark law, the courts have allowed protected works to be used without permission under certain conditions, outlined in the legal doctrine of "Fair Use". (See Wikipedia: Fair Use). ChippePedia is a non-commercial enterprise intended to report factual information and collect stories about living in the Chippewa Valley. That purpose is enhanced by the judicious use of protected media under Fair Use doctrine.

In general, ChippePedia claims Fair Use for the following (when no free alternative is available):

  • For trademarked logos on articles about companies or products identified by that logo.
  • For screen shots of copyrighted motion pictures, tv shows, web sites or video games to illustrate articles about those works.
  • For copyrighted books, magazines, album covers or event programs used to illustrate articles about those publications, events or their creators
  • For copyrighted images such as postcards, photographs, paintings, etchings or drawings used to illustrate articles about what is depicted in the image or articles about the creator or publisher.
  • For photos that illustrate historical events, demolished landmarks, historical personages, etc.


Fair use images should be uploaded at screen display resolution to discourage unauthorized uses by others. They should be labeled with the "Fair Use Snippet" and link back to this page. In cases where the use of a protected work could negatively affect the creator's rights, we should seek permission or forego its use here. If the owner of a work requests that it not be used, we should err on the side of caution.

By Permission

Where freely licensed works are unavailable and the owners agree to allow it, ChippePedia can publish copyrighted works. All such work reproduced by permission should be tagged with "Permission Snippet" and accompanied by a full description of the circumstances surrounding the grant of use. The name of the copyright holder, the year the work was created, and a statement from the owner that ChippePedia can publish the work should always be included. If specific terms apply, those should also be stated.

Materials under copyright that are published by permission remain the property of their copyright holders and should not be distributed or reproduced elsewhere.

Known copyright violations on ChippePedia will be deleted at once and without further notice. All users are encouraged to assist with this policing. If you are aware of a copyright violation you can either remove it yourself using the "edit" tab or send an email to support at chippepedia.org. Repeat violators of ChippePedia's copyright policy will be blocked from editing.

This policy was adapted from a policy found on Bhamwiki.com