Template:Non-free use rationale software cover/doc

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This template is to help users write fair use rationales for software box art as required by WP:NFC and WP:FURG. Include this in the image file, once for each time you insert images of software box art into an article.

Please use copyrighted content responsibly and in accordance with Wikipedia policy. A template alone does not make the software box art fair to use. It merely helps you state why you think it is appropriate.

This template is optimized for software cover art used in the article about the software. It may or may not work in other contexts. For example, this fair use rationale may not be appropriate for images of magazines, comic books, series, collections, or alternate editions.

Before saving, try the "preview" feature to review the text produced by this template. Be sure the language is true and complete. If not, consider using the override fields, a different template, or a hand-written justification.


(copy this to your image page)

{{Non-free use rationale software cover
| Article           = 
| Use               = <!-- Choose: Infobox / Header / Section / Artist / other (specify Purpose) --> 
| Name              = 
| Distributor       = 
| Publisher         = 
| Developer         =
| Graphic Artist    =
| Type              = 
| Website           = 
| Owner             = 
| Commentary        = 
| Description       = 
| Source            = 
| Portion           = 
| Low resolution    = 
| Purpose           = <!-- Must be specified if Use is not Infobox / Header / Section / Artist -->
| Replaceability    = 
| Other information = 


  • Article - Article name, no brackets
  • Use - How is the image used in the article? Choose one
infobox - in the infobox for the article about the software
header - top of article about the software
section - in a section devoted to the software
Artist - in an article about the artist (be careful here)
other - some other use. Describe in "Purpose"

  • Name - Name of work / software if different than article
  • Distributor -
  • Publisher -
  • Developer -
  • Graphic Artist -
  • Type -
  • Website - If taken from the web, where?
  • Owner - Who owns the copyright, if known
  • Commentary - Discuss any commentary in the article about the cover art itself.

  • Description - Additional information about the software or artwork
  • Source - If not from the website, specifically where and how did you get the image?
  • Portion - If you did not use the whole cover, what part did you use and why?
  • Low resolution - If the image is unusually large or small, why?
  • Purpose - If use is not one of the above categories, explain how you use it.
  • Replaceability - Explain why the image can't be replaced with free use, if boilerplate explanations aren't accurate
  • Other information - Any other information you think helps the image's fair use case

See also