BoyWiki:Fair use policy

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BoyWiki's policy on Fair use is for general informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice.

  • BoyWiki reserves the right to limit Fair use and refuse any request to host media on BoyWiki.

If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on BoyWiki without your permission, you may request that the content be removed by emailing

What is "Fair use"?

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, search engines, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test.

The term "fair use" originated in the United States. [1] A similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.

Fair use is one of the traditional safety valves intended to balance the public's interest in open access with the property interests of copyright holders. [2]

BoyWiki policy on Fair use

In all instances, BoyWiki staff request that you make an attempt to contact the copyright holder of any media or written material for permission to use it on BoyWiki and/or before submitting it for upload.

BoyWiki staff make the determination if something is allowable under "fair use" on a case by case basis. If you disagree with the curator's decision, you can make an appeal to the BoyWiki Council by email.

Disallowed material

  • All images and other media including movie posters, movie stills, DVD covers, etc... originating from major motion picture studios without the express written consent of the copyright holder. (Independent filmmakers are much more likely to grant permission)
  • Entries, articles, and links to YouTube videos or any other video site of non-celebrities under the age of 18.
  • Direct links to copyrighted material where the copyright holder has not made it available for free use or distribution. (i.e. copyright infringement)
  • Links to sites that contain unauthorized use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder. (The exception to this rule is in scientific research used under applicable Fair use laws where the author has lawfully cited and attributed the material used.)
  • All music clips

Allowed material

  • All media that the copyright holder has made freely distributable and which can be referenced and documented.
  • All legal media where the copyright holder has given permission to BoyWiki for its use.
  • All media where the copyright has expired.
  • All media that you have produced yourself and for which you are the copyright holder.
  • Bookcovers if they fall into one of the following categories: criticism, comment, review, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research and you give credit to the original artist (if known) and publisher.


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