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This page is for listing and discussing possible copyright problems involving text on Wikipedia, including pages which are suspected to be copyright violations. Listings typically remain for at least five days before review and closure by a copyright problems clerk or administrator. During this time, interested contributors are invited to offer feedback about the problem at the relevant talk page, to propose revisions to the material, or to request copyright permission. After the listing period, a copyright problems board clerk or administrator will review the listing and take what further action may be necessary.

Pages listed for copyright review appear in the bottom section of the page. The top includes information for people who have copyright concerns about pages or images, for those whose pages have been tagged for concerns, for community volunteers who'd like to help resolve concerns and for the clerks and administrators who volunteer here.

To add a new listing, please go to today's section. Instructions for adding new listings can be found at Instructions for listing text-based copyright concerns.


Handling previously published text on Wikipedia

Under the United States law that governs Wikipedia, copyright is automatically assumed as soon as any content (text or other media) is created in a physical form. An author does not need to apply for or even claim copyright, for a copyright to exist.

Only one of the following allows works to be reused in Wikimedia projects:

A) Explicit Statement. An explicit statement (by the author, or by the holder of the rights to the work) that the material is either:

B) Public Domain. If the work is inherently in the public domain, due to its age, source or lack of originality (such as Copyright-free logos); or

C) Fair Use. United States law allows for fair use of copyrighted content, and (within limits) Wikipedia does as well. Under guidelines for non-free content, brief selections of copyrighted text may be used, but only if clearly marked and with full attribution.

Even if a source is public domain or compatibly licensed, material should be properly attributed in accordance with Wikipedia:Plagiarism. This is not only a matter of respecting local custom. When content is under a license that is compatible with Wikipedia's license, proper attribution may be required. If the terms of the compatible license are not met, use of the content can constitute a violation of copyright even if the license is compatible.

Repeated copyright violations

Contributors who repeatedly post copyrighted material (text or images) may be subject to contributor copyright investigations, to help ensure the removal from the project of all copyrighted material posted in contravention of policy. Contributors who repeatedly post copyrighted material after appropriate warnings will be blocked from editing, to protect the project; see 17 United States Code § 512.

Backwards copying: when Wikipedia had (or may have had) it first

In some instances, it is clear that two pieces of text (one on Wikipedia, and one elsewhere) are copies of each other, but not clear which piece is the original and which is the copy. "Compliant" sites that copy Wikipedia text note that they have done so, but not all of our re-users are compliant.

If you've found such a case, you might first check the discussion page to see if a note has been added to the top of the talk page to allay people's concerns. If not, you can look for clues. Do other pages in the other website copy other Wikipedia articles? Did the content show up on Wikipedia all in once piece, placed by a single editor? If you don't see good evidence that Wikipedia had it first, it's a good idea to bring it up for investigation. You might follow the Instructions for listing below or tag the article {{copy-paste|url=possible source}} so that others can evaluate. If you confirm definitely that the content was on Wikipedia first, please consider adding {{backwardscopy}} to the article's talk page with an explanation of how you know.

If you see an article somewhere else which was copied from Wikipedia without attribution, you might visit the CC-BY-SA compliance page or Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks.

Instructions for listing text-based copyright concerns

Copyright owners: If you believe Wikipedia is infringing your copyright, you may request immediate removal of the copyright violation by emailing us at Please provide the address or title of the page, and evidence to show that you are the legitimate copyright holder. Alternatively, you may contact Wikipedia's designated agent under the terms of the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act. You are also welcome to follow the procedures here. See the copyright policy for more information.

Blatant infringement

Pages exhibiting blatant copyright infringements may be speedily deleted if:

  • Content was copied from a source which does not have a license compatible with Wikipedia, and the content was copied from that source to Wikipedia and not the other way around (Wikipedia has numerous mirrors);
  • The page can neither be restored to a previous revision without infringing content, nor would the page be viable if the infringing content were removed.
  • There is no credible assertion of public domain, fair use, or a free license.

To nominate an article for speedy deletion for copyright concerns, add one of these to the page:

Both of these templates will generate a notice that you should give the contributor of the content. This is important to help ensure that they do not continue to add copyrighted content to Wikipedia. An administrator will examine the article and decide whether to delete it or not. You should not blank the page in this instance.

Suspected or complicated infringement

If infringement is not blatant or the speedy deletion criteria do not apply:

  • Remove the infringing text or revert the page to a non-copyrighted version if you can.
    The infringing text will remain in the page history for archival reasons unless the copyright holder asks the Wikimedia Foundation to remove it (unless it is tagged for {{copyvio-revdel}}. Please note the reason for removal in the edit summary and at the article's talk page (you may wish to use {{subst:cclean}}). When possible, please identify and alert the contributor of the material to the problem. The template {{Uw-copyright}} may be used for this purpose.
  • However, if all revisions have copyright problems, the removal of the copyright problem is contested, or reversion/removal is otherwise complicated:
  • Replace the text with one of the following:

    {{subst:copyvio|url=insert URL here}}{{subst:copyvio|identify non-web source here}}

  • Go to today's section and add

    * {{subst:article-cv|PageName}} from [insert URL or identify non-web source here] ~~~~

    to the bottom of the list. Put the page's name in place of "PageName". If you do not have a URL, enter a description of the source. (This text can be copied from the top of the template after substituting it and the page name and url will be filled for you.) If there is not already a page for the day, as yours would be the first listing, please add a header to the top of the page using the page for another date as an example.
  • Advise the contributor of the material at their talk page. The template on the now blanked page supplies a notice you may use for that purpose.

Instructions for special cases

  • Probable copyvios without a known source: If you suspect that a page contains a copyright violation, but you cannot find a source for the violation (so you can't be sure that it's a violation), do not list it here. Instead, place {{cv-unsure|~~~|2=FULL_URL}} on the page's talk page, but replace FULL_URL with the full URL of the page version that you believe contains a violation. (To determine the URL, click on "Permanent link" in the toolbox area, and copy the URL.)
  • Instances where one contributor has verifiably introduced copyright problems into multiple pages or files and assistance is needed in further review: See Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations.

Instructions for handling image copyright concerns

Image copyright concerns are not handled on this board. For images that are clear copyright violations, follow the procedure for speedy deletion; otherwise list at Files for Discussion. To request assistance with contributors who have infringed copyright in multiple articles or files, see Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations.

Responding to articles listed for copyright investigation

Copyright owners and people editing on their behalf or with their permission, please see below.

Any contributor is welcome to help investigate articles listed for copyright concerns, although only administrators, copyright problems board clerks, and OTRS team members should remove {{copyvio}} tags and mark listings resolved.

Assistance might include supplying evidence of non-infringement (or, conversely, of infringement) or obtaining and verifying permission of license. You might also help by rewriting problematic articles.

Supplying evidence of non-infringement

Articles are listed for copyright investigation because contributors have reason to suspect they constitute a copyright concern, but not every article listed here is actually a copyright problem. Sometimes, the content was on Wikipedia first. Sometimes, the article is public domain or compatibly licensed and can be easily fixed by supplying attribution (e.g. through a dummy edit). Sometimes, the person who placed it here is the copyright owner of freely-licensed material and this simply needs to be verified.

If you can provide information to prove license or public domain status of the article, please do. It doesn't matter if you do it under the listing for the article on the copyright problems board or on the talk page of the article; a link or a clear explanation can be very helpful when a clerk or administrator evaluates the matter. (As listings are not immediately addressed on the board, it may take a few days after you make your note before a response is provided.)

If the article is tagged for {{copyvio}}, you should allow an administrator or copyright problems clerk to remove the tag. If the article is tagged for {{copy-paste}} or {{close paraphrasing}}, you may remove the tag from the article when the problem is addressed (or disproven), but please do not close the listing on the copyright problems board itself.

Obtaining/verifying permission

Sometimes material was placed on Wikipedia with the permission of the copyright owner. Sometimes copyright owners are willing to give permission (and proper license!) even if it was not.

Any contributor can write to the owner of copyright and check whether they gave or will give permission (or maybe they in fact posted it here!). See Wikipedia:Example requests for permission. In either case, unless a statement authorizing the material under compatible license is placed online at the point of original publication, permission will need to be confirmed through e-mail to the Wikimedia Foundation. See Wikipedia:Confirmation of permission. If a compatible license is placed online at the point of original publication, please provide a link to that under the listing for the article on the copyright problems board or on the talk page of the article.

Please note that it may take a few days for letters to clear once they are sent. Do not worry if the content is deleted prematurely; it can be restored at any point usable permission is logged.

Rewriting content

Any contributor may rewrite articles that are or seem to be copyight problems to exclude duplicated or closely paraphrased text. When articles or sections of articles are blanked as copyright problems, this is done on a temporary page at Talk:PAGENAME/Temp so that the new material can be copied over the old. (The template blanking the article will link to the specific temporary page.)

Please do not copy over the version of the article that is a copyright problem as your base. All copied content, or material derived from it, should be removed first. Other content from the article can be used, if there is no reason to believe that it may be a copyright issue as well. It is often a good idea - and essential when the content is copied from an inaccessible source such as a book - to locate the point where the material entered the article and eliminate all text added by that contributor. This will help avoid inadvertently continuing the copyright issues in your rewrite. If you use any text at all from the earlier version of the article, please leave a note at the talk page of the article to alert the administrator or clerk who addresses the listing. The history of the old article will then have to be retained. (If the original turns out to be non-infringing, the two versions of the article can be merged.)

Rewrites can be done directly in articles that have been tagged for {{close paraphrasing}} and {{copy-paste}}, with those tags removed after the rewrite is complete.

Please review Wikipedia:Copy-paste and the linked guidelines and policies within it if necessary to review Wikipedia's practices for handling non-free text. Reviewing Wikipedia:Plagiarism is also helpful, particularly where content is compatibly licensed or public domain. Repairing these issues can sometimes be as simple as supplying proper attribution.

Copyright owners who submitted their own work to Wikipedia (or people editing on their behalf)

If you submitted work to Wikipedia which you had previously published and your submission was marked as a potential infringement of copyright, then stating on the article's talk page that you are the copyright holder of the work (or acting as his or her agent), while not likely to prevent deletion, helps. To completely resolve copyright concerns, it is sufficient to either:

See also Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials.

Please note that it may take a bit of time for letters and e-mails to clear once they are sent. Do not worry if the content is deleted prematurely; it can be restored at any point usable permission is logged. Your e-mail will receive a response whether the permission is usable or not. If you have not received a response to your letter within two weeks, it is a good idea to follow up.

One other factor you should consider, however, is that content that has been previously published elsewhere may not meet Wikipedia's specific guidelines and policies. If you are not familiar with these policies and guidelines, please review especially the core policies that govern the project. This may help prepare you to deal with any other issues with the text that may arise.

Should you choose to rewrite the content rather than release it under the requisite license, please see above.

Information about the people who process copyright problems listed on the board

Copyright problems board clerks

For a more complete description of clerks and their duties, as well as a list of active clerks, please see Wikipedia:Copyright problems/Clerks.

Copyright problems board clerks are experienced editors on Wikipedia who have demonstrated familiarity with Wikipedia's approach to non-free text and its processes for dealing with them. They are trusted to evaluate and close listings, although their closures may sometimes require completion by administrators, when use of administrative tools is required. Clerks are periodically reviewed by the administrators who work in copyright areas on Wikipedia.

Copyright problems board administrators

For a more complete description of administrators on Wikipedia, please see Wikipedia:Administrators.

Any administrator may work the copyright problems board. Working the copyright problems board may involve evaluating listings personally or using tools as necessary to complete closures by clerks. Clerks have been evaluated in their work, and their recommendations may be implemented without double-checking, although any administrator is welcome to review recommendations and discuss them with the clerks in question.

Closing listings

Pages should stay listed for a minimum of 5 days before they are checked and processed by copyright problems board clerks, 7 days before they are checked or processed by administrators, who close the daily listings. OTRS agents who verify images may close listings at any time.

For advice for resolving listings, see:

The templates collected at Template:CPC may be useful for administrators, clerks and OTRS agents noting resolution.

Listings of possible copyright problems

Very old issues

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2015 October 25:

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Yikes, Justlettersandnumbers! Do we still need to spot-check other edits? That one was pretty bad. If I had known how widespread it was, I might have stubbed it to begin with. :( I thinkI got it all. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 02:09, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
Moonriddengirl, I haven't looked at this recently. But the quick off-the-top-of-my-head reply from what I recall is "yes, definitely". I'll try to dig a bit later today. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:02, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Justlettersandnumbers, I've found copy-pasting in Ethnicity (album). That was an unsourced copy-paste, so we have plagiarism going on here as well. That means, sadly, that we can't rely on this user to identify where he copied his content from. :( I don't have time to look through it at the moment, but there's definitely copy-pasting in this edit (and close paraphrase) at least from [1] (the epiphany line and subsequent.) We may be heading towards a CCI here. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 12:32, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2015 November 28:

  • Psychonaut, I'm not managing to access that page, either directly or via Can you provide a different link? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 14:46, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
  • [2]. That particular section was removed, though there is possibly more to be concerned about. MER-C 12:18, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2016 January 13:

  • Shake Hands Forever (history · last edit · rewrite) from I'm really not skilled enough to know who added this and when so I can't inform the original editor. I was (very nicely) requested to stop reporting copyvios until I learnt how to do this and so far I have. But... well... that seems weird to me. Trey Maturin (talk) 22:42, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Revdelete request added for admin attention. As Trey Maturin has said, the editor wasn't notified; but he/she has been indeffed since 2012, so I don't think that matters. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 18:58, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
  • This editor, Barbara Osgood, may need looking at more carefully. She has text-copyvio warnings going back to 2008 (from Moonriddengirl) and 2011 (from Shirt58), and appears to have copied publisher's blurbs (or descriptions from Amazon or somewhere) as plot summaries in several articles, including the one above and The Killing Doll, partly from the book itself. I'm having some trouble seeing whether there's enough to justify a CCI request. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 18:58, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2016 May 20:

Looks as if there may be around 234 articles to be checked, Doc James. If you've already identified about five instances of infringement, the next step could be a WP:CCI request. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 22:28, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
User says they will rewrit [3] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:01, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Older than 7 days

23 February 2017

  • Faridabad (history · last edit · rewrite) from . Tagged copypaste 02:52, 28 July 2016. El_C 09:01, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 01:37, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: Thanks for your work on dealing with the copyright issues on the article. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 18:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait red.svg Article cleaned, still needs a history purge to remove original copyvio. --Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 18:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
There is definitely a lot of content in common here with that source but I'm not sure which order the copying occurred in. The source seems to date from September 2010 according to the retrieval dates on the links in the footnotes, at the time the article looked like this and contained a lot of the common material. Some of it goes back to 2006. As the link looks like a student university project it wouldn't be that surprising if some of it was plagiarised. However there is the possibility that some of the more recent content was copied from that source, or that both the source and the article are copied from somewhere else. Hut 8.5 22:18, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
It looks like other parts of the article may be copied from offline sources (see revision history, including content restorations by IP) Calliopejen1 (talk) 03:16, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

15 March 2017

  • Someone with a Grove subscription will have to check this one. Calliopejen1 (talk) 03:18, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

19 March 2017

4 April 2017

14 April 2017

  • Paul Touvier (history · last edit · rewrite) from I would propose to revert to the 17 June 2012 version. Biwom (talk) 01:15, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 01:28, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Telugu language (history · last edit · rewrite) from and,+some+Telugu+poets+translated+Sanskrit+poems+and+dramas,+while+others%22&source=bl&ots=OF77TklL92&sig=moaeaYVPKjeAC-mms65PzyEvqqc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjgo2mnqTTAhWp3YMKHULdDPMQ6AEIJDAA#v=onepage&q=%22During%20this%20period%2C%20some%20Telugu%20poets%20translated%20Sanskrit%20poems%20and%20dramas%2C%20while%20others%22&f=false. Text was introduced in this diff from August 31, 2006. Website says "Copyright 2002", but also "Disclaimer:The content available on the Portal is taken from different sources and Government Department/Organisations". The content also appears to exist in this book, which was published in 2005. /wiae /tlk 15:18, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

25 April 2017

  • New Orleans Police Department (history · last edit · rewrite) from That url is now dead, but has the content as early as 24 July 2013 ( There is also an version of a different url with slightly different wording, apparently dating back to 1 June 2006 (, which would be before the creation of New Orleans Police Department, and certainly before the insertion of the content here. (I seem to recall a project-space discussion about the use of, but I can't remember the outcome, and don't know whether it's considered a reliable "archival source" for copyright purposes.) The article's text closely paraphrases the archived versions at times and outright copies at other times. /wiae /tlk 00:58, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Also, a point of order: the text has been removed and reinserted several times over the life of New Orleans Police Department. I've notified the original contributor, but should I notify individually every editor who has reinstated the content at some point? /wiae /tlk 01:02, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 00:07, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • This may have been more a style issue than a copyright issue but removed the quotations nonetheless. Calliopejen1 (talk) 00:07, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 00:07, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 23:43, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

6 May 2017

12 May 2017

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 19:39, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
    • I didn't delete the revision history because it would result in hundreds or potentially thousands of revisions being lost where the content was only partially copied. Folks should keep an eye on this one to make sure the content isn't restored. Calliopejen1 (talk) 19:39, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
  • User:OLIVIA YAN/sandbox (history · last edit · rewrite) from Bri (talk) 04:46, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 15:39, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 15:39, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 05:36, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
Murph9000, it's worse than you thought. There's copyvio from this 2006 book (and probably elsewhere too) in the first version, another from here in version 488985645. The whole page needs to be checked, and probably rewritten from scratch. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 08:18, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: Oh, that's not good. I've removed my "article cleaned" tag above, so there's no confusion. I'm glad (in quite a disappointed way) that I listed it here. You never know what will crawl out when you kick over a rock. Thanks. Murph9000 (talk) 08:42, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: RichardWeiss (talk · contribs) has just removed the investigation notice and blanking on the article. Richard, i understand your frustration at it being blanked out, but your unilateral action seems to be incompatible with copyright and licensing issues. The historical copyright violations need to be purged from public view, which means that potentially a considerable amount of the non-infringing CC BY-SA content also needs to be purged. The licensing requirements for CC BY-SA means that attribution must be available, which would not be the case when the edits that added it are hidden. I.e. much of the content from legitimate Wikipedia contributors may be unusable, depending on the outcome of the investigation. Also, please note that your initial revert restored the copyright violation that I removed (but I see you then removed it again). So, some of your new edits will need to be deleted from public view as well. Murph9000 (talk) 12:55, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

17 May 2017

18 May 2017

  • Pictogram voting wait red.svg Viable rewrite proposed; rewrite on temp page can be used to replace problematic article. Content is translated from de.wp, so attribution will be needed. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:19, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

19 May 2017

20 May 2017

  • Please see Talk:Willie J. Hagan for problems with this submission. And inherently, the editor submitting it. X4n6 (talk) 07:51, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Commented on article talk page. CrowCaw 18:04, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Responded on article talk page. X4n6 (talk) 23:48, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
    • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. CrowCaw 17:22, 27 July 2017 (UTC) CrowCaw 17:22, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

25 May 2017

I have warned the user and requested a revision deletion. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 18:44, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait red.svg Article cleaned, still needs a history purge to remove original copyvio. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 18:44, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 20:16, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:26, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
  • It looks like there may be some broader issues with User:Hogie75's edits. I also found copied content in Scoudouc, New Brunswick. I'm putting a pin in this because I don't have time to investigate thoroughly now. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:26, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
  • sorry I am not understanding what you mean by "issues with User:Hogie75's edits" I have not used any copyrighted material?, I may have moved the photos around or added a link within wikipedia to to a picture at worse, but I don't appreciate false allegations towards me. I have been a wikipedia editor for 10 years, I can handle constructive criticism but not without first talking to me. Calliopejen1. If I am doing something wrong, please tell me. 10:48, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • @Hogie75: At a minimum, you copied content from copyrighted websites into Scoudouc, New Brunswick and Fundy National Park. It looked from my review that there might be additional articles with copied content, but I have not had time to look thoroughly. Did you make a practice of copying place descriptions from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick? e.g. [5] This is what was pasted into the Scoudouc article. This isn't meant to be attack--it's just that if there is additional copied content it must be located and removed. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:25, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • [6][7], [8][9] Here are a couple more examples of copying, FYI. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:32, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Therese Birkelund Ulvo. author banned for violations. Appears to be a copy of this but I am unable to access from my network. Thanks for checking. GtstrickyTalk or C 19:10, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
Ugh, what a mess this user created. It appears that Knut Vaage is a translation from the copyrighted website, and I'm guessing there are many more like this out there. I posted at the Norwegian WP:AN equivalent to enlist help, because it appears that he was pasting directly into and then translating to We probably need to do a WP:CCI with the assistance of google translate and ideally Norwegian speakers. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:36, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
@Roghue, Nsaa, and Eisfbnore: It looks like you speak Norwegian... Can you tell us if this article is a direct translation (or nearly a direct translation) from the website above? Thanks, Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:48, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
By the way, I dealt with the article Therese Birkelund Ulvo -- removed text confirmed as copied, removed most other text as unsupported by cited references, and added prod template. Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:58, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Can't see any issues now. Nsaa (talk) 23:28, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
@Nsaa: I think I may have been unclear... I was hoping that you would review Knut Vaage as indicated above. Is that the article you reviewed? Calliopejen1 (talk) 22:35, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
@Calliopejen1: This portion is a direct translation "Development of a hybrid acoustic/electronic soundscape constitutes a substantial portion of Vaage’s compositional output. The works Electra, the multiMORF-series and Futurasjon feature Vaage working in close partnership with sound designer Thorolf Thuestad to expand the sonorous specters of the instruments through extensive use of electronics. Futuration for orchestra and electronics was premiered by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Ed Gardner in December 2015."[10] from this "Utvikling av eit hybrid akustisk/elektronisk lydbilde er eit viktig tema i Vaage sin musikk. I Elektra, multiMORF-serien og i Futurasjon, har han jobba tett med lyddesignar Thorolf Thuestad for å utvida klangspekteret til instrumenta gjennom utstrakt bruk av elektronikk. Futurasjon for orkester og elektronikk blei urframført av Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester og Ed Gardner i desember 2015."[11]. Nsaa (talk) 09:15, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

1 June 2017

  • Dexter Lee Vinson contains exact wording, from general references that are not cited, that also includes quotes, and noted this on the talk page with links. Otr500 (talk) 09:36, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I've nominated that one for speedy deletion, Otr500, well spotted! It was directly copied from the source, which is cited in the first version of the page, so there's no room for doubt as to who had the material first. I'm afraid that all contributions from this person will have to be checked – please see below. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 13:49, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks you very much. I read the page; Wikipedia:Text Copyright Violations 101 and even Wikipedia_talk:Copyright_problems#Automatic tools link to Earwig's Copyvio Detector, and determined the process was over my head without a lot of research, so I had to look around to find this area. Apparently these articles have flown under the radar a long time. Otr500 (talk) 18:03, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
I just went through this editor's contributions and deleted the vast majority of their contributions. The remaining contributions appear to be fine. Calliopejen1 (talk) 06:35, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
  • This has been deleted as a copyright violation. Calliopejen1 (talk) 06:35, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
Looks like essentially the whole article, by a now inactive SPA. But it has been there for 9 years. Not sure about the source's GNU status. Eno Lirpa (talk) 14:29, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
That website says "Источник статьи:" which apparently translates to "Article Source:". So it doesn't look like a copyright violation to me. 01:01, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting support.svg Backwardscopy. Attributes Wikipedia. Calliopejen1 (talk) 01:01, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
Okay - thanks - resolved then. Eno Lirpa (talk) 10:43, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Patent Act 2003 (history · last edit · rewrite) from book: Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: Status of Laws, Research and Policy Analysis in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda, see WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 16:18, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
  • User:Ad5th/sandbox (history · last edit · rewrite) from book: Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: Status of Laws, Research and Policy Analysis in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda, see Same material in user page as in the previous article. WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 16:21, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

2 June 2017

Nihonjoe, I'm sorry, but I can't understand exactly what you have done here. If, as seems to be the case, the first copyvio from the source identified by Diannaa was introduced in the hidden edit by Eustress on 14 April 2008, why did you not (a) simply revert to the preceding version, which appears clean; and (b) revdelete all intervening versions so as to remove copyvio such as "ground was broken on September 20, 1996" completely from the history? I'm also, incidentally, a bit confused as to why you would move a text written by a "Coordinator of Wikipedia Initiatives" at the library over our existing article when our COI guideline "strongly discourages" edits to affected articles by such editors. Could we perhaps take a fresh look at this? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 08:30, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: "Strongly discourage" is not the same as "forbid". If someone is willing to work within our policies and guidelines, there is no problem with them editing anything here. After all, Wikipedia is the "the free encyclopedia" that anyone can edit. Rachel Helps (BYU) has a long history of working very clearly within the policies and guidelines here, and when advised of issues, she corrects them quickly. She is exactly the kind of editor we want working on articles here. She did not originally create the article, nor did she add the copyvios to it (that would be Eustress, who is apparently retired from editing since late 2014). All of the edits from the beginning to when Diannaa slapped the copyvio tag on it have been revdeleted. If you want to restore one or more of them, feel free to let me know which. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 18:34, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for dealing with the revdeletion, Nihonjoe. Clearly I had misread the situation – I thought that versions up to and including the third edit by Eustress were OK. Obviously if the copyvio was foundational you had nowhere to roll back to. Where was the content taken from, by the way, what did I miss? Perhaps if you put a standard {{cclean}} on the talk-page it'd be easier for others to follow your trail, both now and in the future? Thanks, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 19:02, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: It was more of a "nuke from orbit, it's the only way to be sure" approach. Going through every single edit and comparing it to various possible origins would have taken far too long. I'm fine with un-revdeleting up to the point you mention if you think things were okay up to that point. Just let me know. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 19:05, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

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  • Pictogram voting question-blue.svg OTRS pending but not yet verified. ticket:2017061310026003 (tJosve05a (c) 05:29, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

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  • Fabrizio Pagani (history · last edit · rewrite) Speedy deleted multiple times in the past, author recreated and I tagged as G12 as Earwig made it look like it was almost all copyvio when comparing multiple sources. Appears to be some salvageable after seeing the talk page message. Source urls are: [13], [14], [15] TonyBallioni (talk) 02:25, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

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Husayn ibn Ali (history · last edit · rewrite) from'Ali_(a)#Imamate. --HyperGaruda (talk) 21:03, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

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  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 12:24, 18 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Neelakanta Theerthapada (history · last edit · rewrite) was tagged for G12 speedy deletion on the grounds that the text indicated that some of it has been taken from an unidentified book. The creator said that only two sentences were taken from that book and the rest of it was clean. Parts of the article have definitely been taken from Chattampi Swami: An Intellectual Biography by R. Raman Nair, L. Sulochana Devi (on Google Books) but not all of it and there might be further printed sources. Hut 8.5 21:05, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

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  • Siddharth Kara (history · last edit · rewrite) from I removed the writing section but, looking back through the history to find a start point for revdel, couldn't find one. It looks to have grown organically. It's possible lifted the text from wikipedia, but it claims copyright. Cabayi (talk) 05:43, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
Author responded at User talk:Cabayi/Archive 4#Copyright problem: Siddharth Kara. Cabayi (talk) 20:15, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

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  • O Mon Romzaner Oi Rozar Sheshe hi , have removed the full lyrics and their translations of the song from the article as possible copyright, is that correct as the song is from 1931 Bengali ?, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 17:20, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

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  • Various user subpages I'm not sure how to report this. I've asked the user about it here, but he has not responded and edited elsewhere instead. This is not a new user (8 years (7/3/2009 15:27) 10,741 edits). A number of these subpages contain full scripts. Others are whole articles copy pasted without attrib. Please advise/act. Cheers. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 19:28, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Johann Schreck (history · last edit · rewrite) from,%20Johann%20Terrenz&-find. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 19:49, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa (talk) 12:06, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
  • (T·E·H·L·RHouse of Night I've just purged a lot of content from the article that was clearly copy-pasted from a variety of sources. I don't know if there are more problems and I don't know if there's more I should be doing. Could someone in the know take a look? Josh Milburn (talk) 02:30, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

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  • List of World Heritage Sites in the Philippines (history · last edit · rewrite) from and other whc.unesco sites. I cut out a bunch of text in the previous edit, but some of it might be okay, and conversely there may be some copyrighted content remaining in the article. Would appreciate more eyes on this one as there is a lot of text. /wiae /tlk 12:17, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

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Requesting attention at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pedego Electric Bikes, which contains copyright violations of several sources (see Earwig Copyvio Detector results, and the subsequent comparison pages listed there). I am WP:INVOLVED in the AfD discussion, so posting here. North America1000 02:56, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

I've checked the Copyvios for the article. Only 39.4% (Violation Unlikely) on the best match. jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) (talk) 20:40, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
N.b. The user who made the post copy edited it after I made a note of the copyvio at the discussion, which reduced the percentage. North America1000 20:46, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

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  • Misel Klesinger (history · last edit · rewrite) from–-the-first-of-its-kind-opens-doors-for-tennis-enthusiasts-of-the-region/. ☆ Bri (talk) 01:28, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

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  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 20:38, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

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  • Stern des Südens (history · last edit · rewrite) from I tried deleting the text of the song, which is the material that appears to be copyright, but it was reverted. So reporting here rather than edit-warring. Robert McClenon (talk) 00:23, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
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