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Contributors' Rights and Obligations
If you contribute material to Wikitec, you thereby license it to the public under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). In order to contribute, you must be in a position to grant this license, which means that either
In the first case, you retain copyright to your materials. You can later republish and relicense them in any way you like. However, you can never retract the GFDL license for the copies of materials that you place here; these copies will remain under GFDL forever.
In the second case, if you incorporate external GFDL materials, as a requirement of the GFDL, you need to acknowledge the authorship and provide a link back to the network location of the original copy.
Using Copyrighted Work from Others
All works are copyrighted unless either they fall into the public domain or their copyright is explicitly disclaimed. If you use part of a copyrighted work under "fair dealing", or if you obtain special permission to use a copyrighted work from the copyright holder under the terms of our license, you must make a note of that fact (along with names and dates). It is our goal to be able to freely redistribute as much of Wikitec's material as possible, so original images and sound files licensed under the GFDL or in the public domain are greatly preferred to copyrighted media files used under fair use.
Never use materials that infringe the copyrights of others. This could create legal liabilities and seriously hurt the project. If in doubt, write it yourself.
Note that copyright law governs the creative expression of ideas, not the ideas or information themselves. Therefore, it is legal to read an informative article or other work, reformulate the concepts in your own words, and submit it to Wikitec. However, it would still be unethical (but not illegal) to do so without citing the original as a reference. See Fair dealing Australian Copyright and also here of how much reformulation is necessary in a general context.
Linking to Copyrighted Works
Since most recently-created works are copyrighted, almost any Wikitec article which cites its sources will link to copyrighted material. It is not necessary to obtain the permission of a copyright holder before linking to copyrighted material just as an author of a book does not need permission to cite someone else's work in their bibliography. Likewise, Wikitec is not restricted to linking only to GFDL-free or open-source content.
However, if you know that an external Web site is carrying a work in violation of the creator's copyright, do not link to that copy of the work. Knowingly and intentionally directing others to a site that violates copyright could be considered a form of contributory infringement. Linking to a page that illegally distributes someone else's work sheds a bad light on Wikitec and its editors.
If you Find a Copyright Infringement
If you suspect a copyright infringement email us straight away with the suspected URL or other reference to what you believe may be the source of the text.
Some cases will be false alarms. For example, if the contributor was in fact the author of the text that is published elsewhere under different terms, that does not affect their right to post it here under the GFDL. Also, sometimes you will find text elsewhere on the Web that was copied from Wikipedia or Wikitec. In both of these cases, it is a good idea to make a note in the talk page to discourage such false alarms in the future.
If some of the content of a page really is an infringement, then the infringing content should be removed with a brief note in the summary section as to why it was removed. If the author's permission is obtained later, the text can be restored.
If all of the content of a page is a suspected copyright infringement, then the page should be deleted with a summary of why it was deleted and how it breached copyright.
In extreme cases of contributors continuing to post copyrighted material after appropriate warnings, such users may be blocked from editing to protect the project.
Images and photographs, like written works, are subject to copyright. Someone holds the copyright unless they have been explicitly placed in the public domain. Images on the Internet need to be licensed directly from the copyright holder or someone able to license on their behalf. In some cases, fair dealing guidelines may allow a photograph to be used.