Reuse of Antwiki Content

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The reuse of Antwiki content is permitted if the content has a copyright that allows reuse. Creative Commons licenses and public domain material are shared according to the stipulations of each license.

Unless otherwise specified attribution must include

  • the name of the creator or photographer
  • the owner of the work or material (e.g., a photograph of an ant specimen that is owned by the BMNH)

Any derivative creations, if allowed, and reuse must also bear the same license as the original and stipulate the potential reuse of the content under identical terms. Attribution to an author or owner is not required if they are not specified but attribution to must still be given.

Antwiki webpages can contain a collection of content that has different licenses and for this reason it is unnacceptable for anyone to copy and reuse the entire website or portions of the website.

Creative Commons

The following is from a Creative Commons FAQ page that is shared under a CC BY 3.0 license:

How do I properly attribute a Creative Commons licensed work?

All current CC licenses require that you attribute the original author(s). If the copyright holder has not specified any particular way to attribute them, this does not mean that you do not have to give attribution. It simply means that you will have to give attribution to the best of your ability with the information you do have. Generally speaking, this implies five things:

  • If the work itself contains any copyright notices placed there by the copyright holder, you must leave those notices intact, or reproduce them in a way that is reasonable to the medium in which you are re-publishing the work.
  • Cite the author's name, screen name, user identification, etc. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice to link that name to the person's profile page, if such a page exists.
  • Cite the work's title or name, if such a thing exists. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice to link the name or title directly to the original work.
  • Cite the specific CC license the work is under. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice if the license citation links to the license on the CC website.
  • If you are making a derivative work or adaptation, in addition to the above, you need to identify that your work is a derivative work i.e., “This is a Finnish translation of the [original work] by [author].” or “Screenplay based on [original work] by [author].”

In the case where a copyright holder does choose to specify the manner of attribution, in addition to the requirement of leaving intact existing copyright notices, they are only able to require certain things. Namely:

  • They may require that you attribute the work to a certain name, pseudonym or even an organization of some sort.
  • They may require you to associate/provide a certain URL (web address) for the work.