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Can I insert the cover of a book that relates to my Wikipedia article?

asked 2017-03-29 17:21:29 -0500

updated 2017-07-25 12:19:27 -0500

I am working on an article through WikiEdu and would like to insert a picture of the cover of a book that relates to the article. I wasn't able to find it through Wikimedia Commons or Creative Commons.

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answered 2017-05-04 07:17:35 -0500

updated 2017-11-02 13:54:11 -0500

Hi Evan!

It ultimately depends on what the article is about. If the article is about a book, then the book cover can absolutely be uploaded to Wikipedia. If the article is about something that is similar to the book, I'd recommend against uploading the cover.

The reason for this is ultimately related to copyright laws, as fair use guidelines will permit us to upload book covers for an article about a book (so we can show what the book looks like).

If you're wondering how to upload a book cover, here are the specific directions you'll need to follow:

  1. Find a good quality version of the cover, preferably from a primary source, like the publisher's website
  2. Go to Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard and follow the directions until you get to step 3, Provide source and copyright information.
  3. Here you want to select "This is a copyrighted, non-free work, but I believe it is Fair Use."
  4. You will need to specify the article title the image will be placed in, however most importantly you need to make sure that under the non-free fair use rationale section you select "This is the official cover art of a work."
  5. This will bring up a new section that will ask you to provide the source, name the author (you can put down the publisher and author's names), and date (use the publication date). There will be a tiny check box underneath this that signifies that you will be using this as the primary form of identification - make sure this is clicked.
  6. Finally, make sure that you fill out the information about how the use of the image will be minimal. I typically do something along the lines of the following: "This book cover will be used to identify the work in question and distinguish it from similarly titled or themed books in a way that cannot be done with words alone. Usage of this cover will not impede or otherwise harm sales or distribution of the work."
  7. After all of this is done, you can hit "upload" and add the image to the article.

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