Is is possible and permitted to use Video and/or audio files in SCP entries? Or is it images only?
It's definitely possible to use a video file — I put one in SCP-506 — and I think there are a few audio files around as well. You need to look here: http://www.wikidot.com/doc:embedding to figure out how to embed the stuff into the wiki code.
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Possible and even encouraged, but avoid using copyrighted video material or video files with large watermarks or title screeds, as they destroy suspension of disbelief entirely.
This is something that I have been wondering about in regard to plain images. Are the images used in SCPs supposed to be used either with permission or in the public domain?
As discussed in the deletion process guide, all material on the wiki is removed immediately on request from the original creator if they can prove it's their work.
In other words, we generally operate on an "asking for forgiveness, not permission" basis, and allow the use of images regardless of source with the twin caveats that 1: the poster remove all watermarks and logos before using it, and 2: that the material is known to be deletable at the creator's whim.
So no, you are not required to restrict yourself to images within the public domain, but no whining if the image gets taken down because you didn't.
So in other words, doing something you know is illegal until caught. I feel I should state that this is a terrible policy. It would not be difficult to request permission to use an image if the source of the image is identified via watermark or somesuch and head off any possible issues before they arise.
Uhaha, it's not as if we're making huge copies of the images and selling them on the street corners, hell, most images have a width of 300px, rendering most of the small details invisible. And on top of that, a lot of the images get edited amd changed to actually look like SCP's.
And, if some enraged artist does fly off the handle and try and sue the SCP foundation..? They might as well try to sue Wikipedia, or Google. The Administrator didn't "steal" those images, he had no control of it, not his fault if people break the law, now is it?
I suppose it's a good thing your opinions don't affect wiki policy, then, smascher. We'd never get anything done.
That said, feel free to get permission from creators on stuff you use in your work. There's nothing at all wrong with that, and if it makes you feel more comfortable I'm all in favor.
Be aware, though, that the wiki itself falls under a creative commons license, and that wiki policy was and continues to be formed based on the rights extended to us by that status. Everything we do is legal. Your post speaks more of ignorance on your part than misdoings on ours.
Man, Adam, settle down. The policy is fine as it is. Hell, 173's pic is of "untitled" by Izumi Kato, a Japanese artist. The pic for 682 (the Moscow monster) is probably copyright the news station that took it. 804's pic is copyright the artist of the sculpture. Same with 610.
We'll remove stuff if we need to.
Actually, copyright law regards the use of images as "fair use" as long as money isn't being made AND the author didn't explicitly state a desire to restrict the unauthorized use of their material.
Audio is a little more complicated. Many people will not care in the slightest if you use their audio. Those that do care are required to request that the material be removed before any legal action could be taken.
There's really nothing to worry about, and we're clearly respecting existing copyright law here.