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This is our official policy on copyright, especially with reference to image, video and sound files.
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Disclaimer

The Battlefield series is the intellectual property of Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE) and/or Electronic Arts (EA). This site is not endorsed by, or affiliated with, EA, DICE or their licensors. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Game content and materials are:

© 2014 Electronic Arts Inc. and its licensors. All Rights Reserved.

Text

Contrary to popular belief, content in a wiki is copyrighted. However, all text is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. See Wikia:Wikia copyrights for details.

Since contributors are required to license their work under Creative Commons, it logically follows that they cannot submit any copyrighted work without appropriate permission from the copyright holder - they are legally incapable of licensing content to which they do not own the rights. Of course, if the copyright holder allows their material to be distributed under the Creative Commons, and has been properly attributed, then this is perfectly fine.

Videos

Videos from YouTube may be embedded here in 2 ways. The first way is using <youtube> tags. This involves directly streaming the video on the site.

The second way involves uploading the video to the site before embedding it into articles. This is the method now used by default in the Wikia edit interface. These videos must be licensed.

YouTube videos have a typical license. If the video you are uploading is released under the 'Standard YouTube license', then it must be tagged with Template:Video. The only other licensing options allowed on YouTube is a 'Creative Commons license'. Such videos must be tagged with Template:CC-BY-SA-1, stating who originally uploaded the video.

Videos containing content from EA Battlefield games must also be tagged with Template:EA. This supersedes any other license.

Images and Sound

Licenses

When contributing images or sound files, you must make sure you copyright license them properly. Below is a guide to what sorts of files are allowed and what license they should be published under.

Please be aware that, regardless of the license you intend to upload the image under, if it contains content from a Battlefield game then it must be tagged with Template:EA as well as one of the licenses below. Please also be aware that Template:EA supersedes any other license.

  • Your own image - When uploading, select I took this myself. Unless you specifically re-license it post-upload with one of the options below, it is assumed to be Public Domain and will be re-tagged as such.
  • Public domain - Uncopyrighted due to never being copyrighted or the copyright expiring. It is hard to tell if an image is public domain, so unless you have specific proof, its probably best not to contribute these. But if you know for sure it is public domain, you may contribute it under this licence, selecting the relevant option upon upload. Post-upload, visit the file's page and complete the licensing requirements - you must replace Template:PD with Template:PD1, stating why the image is public domain and where you got it from as directed. As a professional courtesy, consider crediting the original photographer where possible.
  • If it is said to be the work of an employee of the US Federal Government, then according to Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code, the file is released into the public domain. Replace Template:PD with Template:PD/US Federal Government, adding the required source as directed. As a professional courtesy, consider crediting the original photographer where possible.
  • Copyrighted or licensing unknown - DO NOT CONTRIBUTE. Such files will be deleted unless licensed according to one of the above criteria.
  • From Wikipedia? - The use of the From Wikipedia or another Wikimedia project option on upload is deprecated. The file should instead be licensed according to it's license at the source.
  • Fair Use - Fair use files are an exception to the use of copyrighted files without explicit permission, under certain strict circumstances. If you think your file meets the criteria for fair use, uploading using the relevant option, then complete the licensing requirements as directed by the template on the file page - you must replace Template:Fairuse with Template:Fair, stating the source and providing a copyright disclaimer. For example:
© 2014, Electronic Arts. All rights reserved
For more information on uploading fair use files, see the section below.

Fair Use

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Fair use licensing applies when:

  • A file is copyrighted
  • The file cannot be replaced with a non-copyrighted alternative (chances are there is no such alternative) - If a non-copyrighted alternative exists or can be made, a fair use file should be replaced with this.
  • If it is observed that excluding the file would have a detrimental impact upon the site's ability to educate

If these apply, then the file may be retained, being used for non-profit educational purposes only. This particularly applies for logos and game covers - Template:EA also allows the release of content from copyrighted games according to the terms of fair use, and supersedes all other licenses where used.

Leaked Content

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Any content that is leaked to the internet, most likely against a legally-binding non-disclosure agreement, is illegal. Therefore, for legal reasons, we cannot host any image or video files relating to such conduct. Additionally, we cannot host any information regarding leaks -- this means we cannot use leaked information in articles, we cannot link to sources of leaked information, and we cannot report any information obtained from leaks.

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