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Permission is therefore granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this text (but not photos) under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no invariant sections, no front-cover texts, and no back-cover texts. A copy of the license is included in this wiki, titled: GNU Free Documentation License.
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- the title;
- the main text (the publicly editable text of the document);
- the licence and copyright statement situated at the bottom of the page.
Note that talk of "text" here does not merely cover what is in articles: article discussion (talk) pages, user pages, user talk pages, the document history, pages about Camera-wiki.org are also included. However, photos are generally not covered by the GFDL (see below).
Plagiarized and other (non-copyleft) copyrighted text should not be added to Camera-wiki.org. (If you notice any such material, whether or not it is your own, please inform the wiki project team; mention it at the foot of the Community discussions page and an administrator will deal with the complaint as quickly as possible.) If such material is added to Camera-wiki.org, either deliberately or by accident, this addition does not release it according to the GNU Free Documentation License.
Photos and other images within pages are not considered part of the documents, but rather are aggregated with them (see below).
External links are of course allowed. They must be presented in order to make clear that the link is external. Depending on the context, the default Mediawiki presentation (like "[page_URL]" or "[page_URL page_title]") might be considered insufficient, and addition of a full description of the page pointed to is encouraged.
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Images published in Camera-wiki.org
The images published in Camera-wiki.org are typically hosted on Flickr. For this, see the page about Adding images, except for some images that are directly hosted on other people's websites. Non-Flickr links are allowed only if the owner of the website has explicitly given permission for this.
You can't upload just any image to a Flickr account for insertion in Camera-wiki.org: You may not use other people's copyrighted pictures without their consent.
It has been debated whether you can publish a copyrighted picture in Camera-wiki.org when the copyright owner allows this without also explicitly licensing the picture under Creative Commons, the GFDL or another so-called "free" licence. In practice, this has been widely done by some contributors. Others have disagreed because it harms the ability to redistribute the website. The current compromise is that whenever you can easily find a "free" picture illustrating what you want, you should use it; conversely the use of "unfree" pictures is tolerated for subjects which are hard to find, and when you feel that asking the copyright owner to release it under a "free" license would be very unlikely to succeed.
The images included in a wiki document are considered to be aggregated with it (see section 7 of the GFDL). Thus an image published in Camera-wiki.org is not in itself a document belonging to it, and it keeps its original licensing status. This means that the right to re-use it and the potential restrictions to this right entirely depend on the original licensing status of the image. When the image is hosted by Flickr, you will find its licensing status on the Flickr page that the image is linked to. When it is hosted on another website, you must ask the owner of the website about its licensing status.
Note to re-users of Camera-wiki.org's content
In all cases, it is up to potential re-users of Camera-wiki.org's content to check under which conditions they can re-use a wiki document, a part of it or an aggregated document, and to properly attribute it when needed. Please note that the Camera-wiki.org project cannot be held responsible if someone makes unauthorized use of its content.