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Question About Using Wikipedia Content

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cterao
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Question About Using Wikipedia Content

Hey guys,

I have a quick question about how to properly (and legally) use wikipedia content. I'm putting together a Japanese language website. I'm having a difficult time finding a public domain image that shows a table of the characters used in the Japanese language. So far the only good ones I can find are on Wikipedia, like this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Table_hiragana.svg

The reuse permission says:

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 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 the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".


I'm not good at understanding all this legal stuff. Does this mean that it's okay for me to use this image on my website if right below the image I put a hyperlink back to Wikipedia?

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Hi Clayton,
Yep, you can use it... That is my opinion.
1st read this page..
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Reusing_content_outside_Wikimedia

then read this page..
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Project_scope

Basically, that image is in the Commons area in wikipedia which means the authors have placed it there knowing that the content could be used outside of wiki.
If you have any doubts then just use an attribution link back to wikipedia.

Regards
Troy
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Great, thank you, Troy!
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Or you could install a wiki reflection script and have your own wiki page with your own ads around it. Then they are viewing the wiki content without leaving your site. Best of both worlds.

Take a look at this site and click on the 'Dog Breeds' Link in links box on the left hand side of the site and you will see what I mean.

http://www.poochdogs.com

or here to see it in its 'raw' state: http://www.poochdogs.com/wiki

EDIT: I moved the links to the right side of the page...sorry for steering anyone in the wrong direction. Also I have the wiki script for sale at a low price for affilorama members (only $15 - it is on one of my sites for sale at $59, so thats a big discount) if anyone is interested, then pm me.
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Hi Barryr,

off topic - is the dog in your facebook image a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? It's difficult to tell for sure.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a beautiful breed.
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