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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.

Contents

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 info-en-c@wikimedia.org. 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 (allowing evaluation by non-administrative editors) unless the copyright holder asks the Wikimedia Foundation to remove it. After determination that it is a copyvio, it should be 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)
  • Here is a link to all contributions. I didn't immediately see other copyright violations but I didn't look thoroughly. Calliopejen1 (talk) 12:57, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2015 November 28:

  • Psychonaut, I'm not managing to access that page, either directly or via archive.org. 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 http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007159444/shake-hands-for-ever. 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)
  • Here is a list of contributions. Calliopejen1 (talk) 13:00, 4 October 2017 (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)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2017 July 21:

  • List of World Heritage Sites in the Philippines (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/3860/ 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)
  • To complicate things, the official listings are now licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-IGO. MER-C 12:39, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
  • See e.g. [4]. The tentative listings do not have this license. MER-C 03:36, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

Older than 7 days

7 February 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Hut 8.5 22:01, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

16 February 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Moonriddengirl (talk) 00:41, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
- Except that the copyvio still remains visible in the edit history... Loopy30 (talk) 00:56, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
 Done I hit the revdel button on it. ♠PMC(talk) 18:10, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 03:58, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

21 February 2018

United Kennel Club (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://www.ukcdogs.com and other UKC-associated sites (breed clubs, etc.).  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  13:48, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Do you know which URL it was copied from, Stanton? Seems that you entered "date=February 2018" as part of URL. George Ho (talk) 20:03, 25 February 2018 (UTC)
Woops. It's https://www.ukcdogs.com and various associated sites (UKC breed clubs). I worked on the text some before realizing it was copyvio, and it might be salvageable by doing more of that, but I don't have time for it.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  02:12, 26 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Baltic Shield (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://web.archive.org/web/20080202095955/http://www.nrm.se/theswedishmuseumofnaturalhistory/researchandcollections/geology/laboratoryforisotopegeology/geologyoffennoscandia.291_en.html). GeoWriter (talk)

23 February 2018

1 March 2018

  • Thomas Schütte (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/drawings-watercolors/thomas-schutte-die-burg-5608691-details.aspx?pos=10&intObjectID=5608691&sid=&page=2 25.4% http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/schutte-no-title-t07019/text-summary http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ArtistWorks?cgroupid=999999961&artistid=2374 https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/arts/design/ostalgia-at-new-museum-focuses-on-soviet-bloc-review.html. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 19:28, 1 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Olavi Paavolainen (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://authorscalendar.info/opaavola.htm. Orland (talk) 21:44, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

5 March 2018

31 March 2018

  • The Washington Diplomat (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=427
    I'm not sure if it's worth trying to salvage the page, but I'm not sure if it qualifies for speedy-delete-copyvio. The copyvio was the bulk of the content, most of the remaining content was obvious COI-paid-editing by user:Thewashingtondiplomat (which may be copyvio from an unlocated origin), the article was unsourced, and I spent a stupid amount of time searching for sources. There appears to be no secondary sourcing out there except for this, and that contains almost nothing except the same copyvio of the about page for The Washington Diplomat. Alsee (talk) 12:18, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
    P.S. Earwig's Copyvio Detector reports 54.8%, but the percentage is actually higher. The detector missed several extended text matches due to a typo, due to a single deleted word, due to a change from "bios" to "biographies", and possibly other trivial diffs. Alsee (talk) 12:27, 31 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Revdelete request added for admin attention. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 12:36, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

2 April 2018

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted for a reason other than (as well as) copyright concerns. (tJosve05a (c) 20:37, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

7 April 2018

  • Trump–Russia dossier (history · last edit · rewrite) possibly contains excessive quotes from the original Steele dossier, which had been deemed a clear copyvio when it was uploaded as a complete file a year ago. In the meantime, large parts of the dossier's contents have been documented in the article, including many verbatim quotes. Editors are seeking guidance on the amount of quotes from the original dossier that can still be considered fair use. For context, see ongoing discussion at Talk:Trump–Russia dossier#Copyright problems. — JFG talk 09:04, 7 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Mu'allaqat (history · last edit · rewrite) in the "see also" section there is a link. I am wondering if it is a WP:LINKVIO or not and have come here for advice. The data on the page says the work was published in "1973]" but the actual book says 1893. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 13:04, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

13 April 2018

New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps Much of the wording is identical to this source. I have been trying to remove the violations but have been reverted. I have now rewritten the lead section which was identical to the first paragraph of the Sea Cadet Corps page linked above. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 13:27, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Like I explained quite a few times to Cmwhiraeth already, our text is from 2005. The source he claimed our text is copied from has that text now, but older versions (as found through the wayback machine) didn't have our text. So the text in our article may be a copyvio of an unknown source, but not of that page. See User talk:Fram#New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps and Talk:New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps#Copyvio or not for more attempts to explain this basic issue. Fram (talk) 13:39, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
It is likely that the similarities between our article and the organisation's website is because both are derived from an earlier version of the website and that our article is therefore a copyright infringement. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:19, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
Cwmhiraeth, I have shown you the earlier version of the website repeatedly (through wayback machine), and there is no similarity between the enwiki text and the old versions of the website. It may be that both the current version of the website, and the 2005 enwiki article, take their text from the same source, but as long as that isn't identified, there is just as much chance that the current website has taken its text from enwiki, and no chance that enwiki has taken its text from the current website. Fram (talk) 06:55, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

15 April 2018

  • The first version of the article contained multiple copyright violations, and the article needs to be cleaned. Beyond My Ken has reverted the copyvio back into main space, asking instead that the matter be discussed on the talk page. [5] Kablammo (talk) 20:39, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I have re-written the section from scratch. Beyond My Ken (talk) 21:09, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • That's fine but there is still verbatim copyrighted material from the New York Sun in your revision. (I have not checked sources other than the Times and the Sun.) In any event, the article needs to be cleaned, not just edited. That is why the notice cannot be removed, which you have now done, twice, contrary to the clear language on its top. Kablammo (talk) 22:59, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Here are two more sites, used in the references, which use the same language as text in the article:
  • http://matineeclub.tripod.com/BBytes/RiseandFall.html (copyrighted 2003, added to article in 2010. I have not compared 2010 text with this source, but even today there are several instances of verbatim quotes, per this tool.) It also is a blog, and therefore not reliable.
  • and close paraphrasing of this: http://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/2013/09/farnsworth-long-island-home-of-c-k-g.html . This also is a blog, and it is possible it is a wiki mirror. On either or both counts it is not a reliable source. Kablammo (talk) 00:47, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

18 April 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. MER-C 18:09, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 16:35, 27 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. MER-C 18:09, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 16:35, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

19 April 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. MER-C 18:09, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

21 April 2018

  • Symphony No. 9 (Mahler) (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://www.gustav-mahler.eu/index.php/werken/95-symphony-no-9/858-movement-3-rondo-burleske-allegro-assai-sehr-trotzig. Note that this is a rather messy one. It looks like there may potentially be two-way copying going on here where the blog used the Wikipedia article as a base and expanded it. And then the blog post material got copied into Wikipedia. Whpq (talk) 00:40, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Cobrapost (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) Every revision after this diff needs to be deleted because the text is a copyvio from an online website. Capitals00 (talk) 17:29, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 09:28, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

25 April 2018

  • Operator monotone function (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://www.ma.utexas.edu/mediawiki/index.php/Operator_monotone_function. Copied from a wiki that has no statement of copyright or license, other than claiming no one owns it. Also not properly attributed even if it was compatibly licensed. TonyBallioni (talk) 14:47, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

26 April 2018

Very clearly a copyvio. If you check Archive.org from 2011 (before the Wikipedia article was created) it's clearly a copy. Canterbury Tail talk 15:06, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Glasgow Academicals RFC (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://web.archive.org/web/20070828190227/http://www.accies.ukf.net/Rugby/history.htm. The article was created by lifting material directly from club webpage of the time- the club's history and other content has since been moved to a new site. All of the main text of the article is affected. There are currently some player details listed after the main text, but without sources. There is no version of the article that is free of copyright issues, so I have also nominated this for speedy deletion, thinking it might be better to approach this by WP:TNT. Drchriswilliams (talk) 07:00, 27 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Kurt Hellmann (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10585-012-9490-4.pdf. Copyvio core template was added by user:Canterbury Tail, who forgot to add it here. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 19:27, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

2 May 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Remaining text matching a page at alchetron.com appears to be a backwards copy, and is attributed to "Quebec Wikipedia" anyway with a cc-by-sa 3.0 license. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 13:03, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Municipal_Auditorium-Recreation_Club (history · last edit · rewrite) from [9] but at the same time it's looking like the article needs a complete rewrite (and yes I know the article title needs to be an ndash but I'm holding back on moving the article due to the potential copyright vio). Earwig sees 39.4% when the prose and style of almost the entire article is off after reading the History section. – TheGridExe (talk) 16:35, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

8 May 2018

  • Michel Herr (history · last edit · rewrite) Our article, started 3 February 2008; the biography from his official website on 7 November 2007 via wayback machine https://web.archive.org/web/20071101035559/http://michelherr.com:80/engl/pages/biography.html. Various editors appear to have periodically copypasted info; in 2014 from http://www.michelherr.com/en/pages/composer_jazz.html and most recently on 18 February 2018 from www.michelherr.com/en/pages/composer_jazz.html, so its still pretty much the same wording as the official site. Curdle (talk) 17:16, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Draft:Brandon Taylorian (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://northernlifemagazine.co.uk/getting-to-know-brandon-taylorian/. Adam9007 (talk) 23:44, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
  • OTRS received – release not yet sufficient.    FDMS  4    18:10, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted or tagged for speedy deletion. Page creator has (almost) blanked the page, OTRS ticket request for more complete permission has not received any reply, it's been listed here for more than seven days without resolution. Oh, and it's unambiguous promotion too. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:27, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting support.svg Purged. Copyright problem removed from history. Page was blanked (other than the infobox) and revision deletion was done by Dlohcierekim. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 18:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
  • OTRS confirmed. Pinging Dlohcierekim.    FDMS  4    20:27, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
Resotred.-- Dlohcierekim (talk) 21:05, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

10 May 2018

  • History of Balochistan (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) Copyright violation started from this diff and it was removed recently with this diff. I am seeing thousands of words were copy pasted from books in form of "quotes" in references that are actually supposed to be short. Capitals00 (talk) 05:23, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Please provide a source for the apparent copyright violation, Capitals00. Thank you, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:48, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers: For now I am only mentioning this diff where the user claimed to have fixed the copyright problem after recognizing the warning for copyright violations.[10] Some of the major examples of copyright violations of this diff are: 76 words directly copied from the book, 90 words copied from "Baluchistan was the most.... were non-Muslim", 55 words, 107 words, 65 words, 81 words, 137 words, 180 words, 98 words, 89 words from "The Government of India reached a decision in June 1942...... 3rd June plan", 64 words, 72 words, 92 words, 159 words, 154 words, 73 words from "On hearing the news Khan... state by Pakistan", 137 words from "Realizing that he must act quickly.... on their behalf", 63 words, 77 words. Capitals00 (talk) 11:30, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
Good point, Hoppyh! However, that particular image apparently does not reach the Commons:Threshold of originality, so there's no problem here. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:39, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

24 May 2018

  • List of titles and names of Krishna (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://astrology.aryabhatt.com/108_Names_Krishna.asp, section "108 names and titles from the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition". This text was added at the article's creation. I have today replaced the copyvio text with precis at this version, but one might argue that all preceding versions from creation should get Copyvio-revdel, or is that an overreaction? Batternut (talk) 10:53, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
NB The original work was archived here in March 2005, before the article was created in May 2005. Batternut (talk) 15:24, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

26 May 2018

30 May 2018

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. The overlap is content we've had in the article since March 2006. In other words, some of the material in the source paper was copied from Wikipedia rather than the other way around. I did some revision deletion for copyvio from a different source however. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:10, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Bedeni Moluar Kotha (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.ozee.com/shows/bedeni-moluar-kotha. Last contributor contributed 1 year ago. Pretty sure no-one is going to rewrite, listing here for procedural reasons since an RevDel cannot be performed and neither can a G-12. Text added by creator of article — FR+ 10:56, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:10, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
Source is a US patent and therefore has no copyright. Article should be deleted anyway as it has no assertion of notability and no reliable sources. I don't know the process here. -Arch dude (talk) 18:44, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
 Done. Thank you. I have removed the template and provided attribution to the patent in the article. – Jonesey95 (talk) 02:47, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

31 May 2018

13 June 2018

  • Rong Beronger Korhi (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.habitatfilmclub.com/booknow-may2018.php?ID=349 and various other web sources. I've removed a large chunk of copyvio added by the article's sole author and much of the rest appears to be copyvio as well. Hut 8.5 21:32, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

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New listings are not added directly to this page but are instead on daily reports. 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. Entries may not be reviewed and are not closed for at least 7 days to give the original authors of the article time to deal with the problem.

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17 June 2018

Battle of Al Hudaydah (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/13/yemen-port-city-hodeidah-panic-fear-saudi-led-forces. Matt Heard (talk) 21:56, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

I think this case doesn't need special action. Since adequate paraphrasing of this dense, short text is difficult, I think the copy-right concern can be easily addressed by adding an in-line citation and putting the text inside quotation marks as per WP:PARAPHRASE. --Expectant of Light (talk) 06:57, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. I have also removed additional copyvios dating back to June 14 from the article. Obeying our copyright policy and copyright law may be difficult, but it's also mandatory. Please read through the info on copyright and how it applies to Wikipedia editing that I've placed on your talk page. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 12:24, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

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21 June 2018

  • Dave (2018 musical) (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.playbill.com/article/mamie-parris-bryonha-marie-parham-more-will-join-drew-gehling-in-world-premiere-of-dave-musical, http://therogersrevue.com/drew-gehling-lead-cast-world-premiere-musical-dave/ or similar. Listing this straightforward case because all contribs of this editor, Matty1019, may need to be checked. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 21:40, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
  • John S. Fossey (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://thebiochemistblog.com/2018/04/06/thinking-differently-to-drive-innovation-in-cancer-research/ https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/chemistry/fossey-john.aspx https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/206777_en.html https://chembam.com/meet-the-scientists/john-fossey/. NB: the subject is notable, with high citations on Scholar. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 21:49, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

22 June 2018

  • Meenakari (history · last edit · rewrite) from [12] – I was cleaning up after Neha 241096 when I came across this article. Turns out the very first edit creating the article (back in 2013) was copied from the website I noted earlier. I verified whether it was reverse copyvio, but the website is displaying a copyright notice from 2010, and this snapshot from the Wayback Machine from 2012 already shows the copied text. Not sure how to proceed here, as revdel wouldn't be applicable... speedy deletion then? Thank you! –FlyingAce✈hello 19:38, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

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