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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License

Atheist Survival Guide Wiki uses a copyleft license for all text, images, and other content on the Web site. Anyone can use Atheist Survival Guide Wiki content according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. And anyone can contribute their own or other people's text and images, as long as the work is their own or available under a compatible license.

It is very important that you understand how copyleft works before you contribute to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki. If you find your work reused by someone else in a manner that you didn't consider, or if you stop using Atheist Survival Guide Wiki for any reason, it is not possible to change the license for the text and photographs you have already submitted. Although you always own the copyright in your work, that does not give you the right to change how it can be used retrospectively.



If this seems confusing, skip down to the FAQ.

All written contributions to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki are and must be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC-by-NC-SA 3.0) or a compatible license (e.g., Public Domain, CC-by-NC-SA any, dual CC-by-NC-SA/GDFL any, etc.). Consequently, all redistributed and derivative works of Atheist Survival Guide Wiki text must also be licensed as CC-by-NC-SA 3.0.

Files uploaded to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki are and must be licensed under any of the available options in the pulldown menu on the upload form. Consequently, all redistributed and derivative works including Atheist Survival Guide Wiki images and other files must provide file-specific attribution and licensing information, available on the individual file page.

Some images on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki may be copyrighted, and not available for redistribution or derivative works. For more information on these copyrighted images, see Template:Copyrighted.

Things for users to know

Copyleft means that every single author, editor, illustrator, factchecker and photographer who puts their work into Atheist Survival Guide Wiki gives you the right to read, copy, print, save, download, read aloud, project, modify, email, distribute, photocopy and correct their work however you want to as long is it is not for commercial purposes unless prior written permission from the licencor(s)is obtained.

The only restrictions are that:

  • if you distribute it, or derive new work from it
    • you must give attribution to the creators
    • you must retain the work and any derivative works under the same licensing
    • you may not use the work for commercial purposes without prior written permission from the licencor(s).

In other words, we give you practically every freedom within the boundaries of the law to use the information in Atheist Survival Guide Wiki, except the freedom to take that freedom away from others or profit from the works.

The license we use is the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. It's a piece of legal documentation created by the great people at Creative Commons that basically says the same thing as above: give Atheist Survivalists credit for their work, and share with other people.

If you want you can read the full text of the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. For the purposes of the License, a Work is the formatted text that makes up a single Atheist Survival Guide Wiki Shared article. Each file individually is also a Work for the purposes of the License.

In addition, there may be other restrictions on use or distribution based on law in your country or state; in particular, consider privacy rights for photographs of people and derivative works for photographs of buildings and artworks.

Lastly, to the extent possible there is no warranty on any of the articles or images in Atheist Survival Guide Wiki. Information changes all the time as new discoveries are made and as scientific endeavors progress. And yes, people do make mistakes. Atheist Survivalists try their best, but none of the creators of these pages are responsible to you in any way for any injury or discomfort you endure due to the information found on this site. See the License above for details.

If you're setting up a mirror web site, you might want to check out How to re-use Atheist Survival Guide Wikis.

Things for contributors to know


Copyleft means that every single yahoo, nutcase, screwjob, charlatan, shyster, weirdo, freakazoid, mouthbreather, goofball, lamer, cheater and jerk will have the right to read, copy, print, save, download, read aloud, project, modify, email, distribute, photocopy and correct your work however they want to as long as they don't sell it.

In particular, your work can be ruthlessly modified, edited, or cut from Atheist Survival Guide Wiki altogether by other Atheist Survivalists. It can be photocopied thousands of times and passed around as flyers by itinerant Burning Man attendees. It can be put in Hollywood movies, and it can be projected onto a screen at an outdoor rave. But it cannot be used for commercial ventures, advertisements, or other profitable purposes. And there are some restrictions - see privacy rights) - without your direct control.

In return for your incredible generosity, you will have the knowledge that you are helping Atheist Survivalists all over the world, and that all copies made of your work will be attributed to you, and that everyone who derives new works from yours will have to be just as generous as you are. And, of course, you get to use all the other work in Atheist Survival Guide Wiki the same way; but you don't need to contribute to do that.

You'll also get the pleasure of collaborating with hundreds of other Atheist Survivalists just like yourself. You'll get free spellcheck service from nit-picky folks you've never met. You'll work together with people you don't know to make better pictures and text than you've ever dreamed of. You still retain the copyright over your own work, and you can use it any other way you want (even if it's not compatible with our license!). By writing on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki, or uploading photos, you're using a license under which all our work is available - making it simpler for everyone.

Now, the hard part: because of the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, you are legally responsible not to put other people's copyrighted work into Atheist Survival Guide Wiki without permission. You are responsible for getting model releases from people you take pictures of, and you are responsible for any libel you include in your articles.

Before editing Atheist Survival Guide Wiki articles or uploading pictures, you should read very carefully the full text of the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, and make sure that you agree to it. For images, it's important to mark the image as either your own work, or give information on who made the picture and why you think it's acceptable under the broad terms of Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike that govern Atheist Survival Guide Wiki's licensing. See AtheistSurvivalGuide:Image policy for more information.

We want to make the best possible survival guide, with the most brilliant writing, the most up-to-date info, the most killer arguments, and the most awe-inspiring stories. But no one item is worth putting yourself and this project in legal jeopardy. If you have any questions about the source of something you want to put in Atheist Survival Guide Wiki, ask about it first. When in doubt, leave it out.

Frequently asked questions


What do I need to do to get writing?

Nothing, just plunge forward! Whenever you save something you write, you automatically license it for use under BY-NC-SA 3.0. So all you need to do is get started writing—if the text is your own original writing, don't worry about licenses.

What do I need to do to get uploading images?

First, be sure that the image is either one created by you or one that is freely licensed (see "Can I copy text and other content to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki from other sites?" below). Second, you should register an account on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki Shared, the central repository for Atheist Survival Guide Wiki files. Then, go to the upload screen, where you select the file to upload and enter an upload summary. The summary must include a choice of license from the pulldown menu, as well as attribution information indicating how you wish to be credited. If the image is not your own, be sure to provide accurate licensing and attribution information, as well as a link to the source from which you got the image.

The simplest way to make sure everything is correctly documented is to use the image credit template (see How to upload files for detailed instructions). If the template seems too intimidating, an acceptable comment might be:

Image copyright 2013 by [[User:YourNameHere]], dual-licensed under the CC-SA 1.0 (or later) and the GFDL. Taken by [[User:YourNameHere]].

There are some additional restrictions in specific cases (such as when photographing people) so please also read our Image policy.

How will I be attributed?

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You will be attributed at the bottom of each page you edit

You will only be attributed for text contributions if you register a user account. Whatever you enter as your "real name" will appear at the bottom of any pages you modify, serving as attribution. If you register, but decline to enter a "real name," you will be attributed by your user name.

For files you upload, you must provide the attribution information yourself in the upload summary. So, just indicate however you want to be attributed as you upload the file!

Can GFDL content be used on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki?

This is complicated. In a nutshell:

  • Text licensed under any version of the GFDL is not compatible with Atheist Survival Guide Wiki.
  • Images that are licensed under GFDL 1.3 or later, including eg. "GFDL 1.1 or later", are compatible with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and can be uploaded to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki Shared.
  • Images licensed (only) under GFDL 1.2 or earlier are not compatible with Atheist Survival Guide Wiki and cannot be used.

Can I copy text and other content to Atheist Survival Guide Wiki from other sites?

Usually No. That is, unless you are the original author of the text, or the other website has been explicitly licensed as compatible with Creative Commons Attribution/Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0, or it is in the public domain.

If you are the original author of the text, note that on the article talk page, or else someone will likely remove it as a copyright violation.

Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia have a compatible license, so we can copy relevant text (although copying significant amount of text is discouraged). When copying content from another site with a compatible license be sure to provide proper attribution, as required by the CC-by-SA license. This means citing the license, author and source of images on any image page, and noting the license, author and source of text content on the article talk page.

For the content to be public domain, it needs to be created by the US Federal Government, the city government of Washington, D.C., or have a statement on the website saying it is released into the public domain.

Lack of a copyright notice does not mean the content is free to re-use—all online content is automatically copyrighted unless the author explicitly states otherwise.

If content is available free-of-charge, can it be used here?

Probably not. Just because a map, brochure, or other item is given away for free does not mean that it has been freely licensed. For content to be usable on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki the content copyright owner must agree to license it under the CC-SA 3.0 or a compatible license.

How should I ask for permission to use a forum reply on Atheist Survival Guide Wiki?

The following template can help. Please quote your original message and reply to it at the respective article's Talk page. You may provide attribution to the original author(s) listing them by a template like en:Template:Attribution.

Hi (person name).
Do you mind if I use some pieces of your post (<forum post URL>) to contribute to an article on <page> at Atheist Survival Guide Wiki, a free online travel guide written and edited entirely by atheists from around the world?
The current edition of the article I am going to update is here: <article URL>.
Atheist Survival Guide Wiki requires that all the content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. Basically this means that your content:
- can be distributed by others, as long as you are credited as the author
- may be further edited by other contributors
- and will not be used for commercial purposes
So do you mind if I use your text at Atheist Survival Guide Wiki?
<your signature>

You may also use the following text, which you need the copyright holder to clearly acknowledge:

I hereby assert that I am the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of WORK [the filename].
The text of this web page is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, version 3,0 and earlier.
I acknowledge that I grant anyone the right to modify it according to their needs, as long as they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.
I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be attributed to me.
I am aware that the free license only concerns copyright, and I reserve the option to take action against anyone who uses this work for commercial purposes, in a libelous way, or in violation of personality rights, trademark restrictions, etc.
I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the work may or may not be kept permanently on a Atheist Survival Guide Wiki project.
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