These are the general rules for what images you can upload to Elftown and display in your house.
G-1. All images in your house must have something to do with you.
Examples of images that have something to do with you are photos and drawings made by you, photos of you, photos of your pets or things that you own and drawings made for you by a friend.
Examples of images that aren't allowed under this rule are images of cars, funny animals and other random images copied from the internet.
G-2. Images in your house must be made by you or for you.
Wiki banners and images from Elftown Graphics
are allowed as long as they follow the rules, since they are made for all Elftown members.
Other art by fellow Elftown members is also allowed as long as:
- you have their permission
- it was entirely created by them
- you don't claim the art as your own
- it is not animated
Images from other sites are not allowed even if they are "free". Note that:
- Taking an image and editing it does not make it your own. This includes, but is not limited to, photomanipulations.
- Dollz and similar "assembled" images are not considered to be "made by you".
Please see Copying vs fanart & referencing on images you've created based on other material. You might need to include credits.
G-3. Pornographic images and images depicting extreme violence are not allowed in your house. Almost nude and nude images of minors and pictures of self mutilation are not allowed anywhere on Elftown.
Non-pornographic nudity is allowed provided no minors are involved. Elftown is a site for all ages, so keep it tasteful. You can request Artistic Nudity Warnings if you want to post nudity in your house.
Note: "Nudity" is defined as displayed genitals or a female breast where you can see the nipple. Extremely sexually suggestive looking photos are also considered "nude" even if there is no actual nudity shown in the image. So no showing of breasts before you're 18 in the photo!
Note 2: The "nudity of minor"-rule is demanded by (a pretty badly defined Swedish) law, and it doesn't matter if Elftown thinks the image is "harmless" or "artistic".
G-4. Images that contain other images that break the rules are not allowed in your house.
For example, a collage or a wiki banner containing images that aren't made by you or for you aren't allowed.
G-5. No random copied writings in (descriptions of) houses.
Writing not your own is not allowed, unless someone wrote it especially for you (a friend).
Example: No copied stories, song-lyrics etc
Short quotes, or the likes, that don't exceed 4 phrases/lines/sentences are OK.
Copied questionnaires are allowed with a limit of 50 questions. Therefore choose your questions wisely.
These are categories of images that have special or more specific rules.
S-1. Animated images are not allowed in your house.
This includes animations donated to Elftown Graphics and animated wiki-banners.
The only exception to this rule is non-annoying animated images made by you. Something that makes you look for the delete button is annoying.
Animated images can be removed by the guards without warning.
S-2. Images of celebrities are not allowed in your house.
The only exception to this rule is if you are also in the photo.
Images of celebrities can be removed by the guards without warning.
S-3. Movie/Game screenshots are not allowed in your house.
The only exception to this rule is if you've created the art in it, like skins (Be sure to explain exactly what you have done though!).
S-4. Quiz images are not allowed.
Quiz result images can be removed by the guards without warning.
S-5. Fanart and other drawings that you have done using direct references from other images are only allowed if you have done the drawing.
We understand that this is how most artists practice and go on to discovering their own styles and we encourage growth.
Note: In some cases you are required to credit the original artist. Please see Copying vs fanart & referencing for further information on Elftown's policies for copying, fanart and referencing art.
S-6. Dollz, "me as a Southpark character" and similar "assembled" images are not allowed.
As stated under General Rule 2, "assembled" images like dollz are not considered "made by you" and are thus not allowed in your house.
S-7. You may only display one wiki banner for each wiki.
Don't put every wiki banner there is for a certain wiki in your house. Choose one you like best and use that. You may of course display wiki banners for several different wiki pages.
S-8. Mood images may not break any of the above mentioned rules.
Huge, animated or annoying mood images are not allowed.
You may only display one image in your mood and it has to be uploaded to the moods: you may not inline images in your mood.
S-9. ASCII images are not allowed in your house. (ASCII art)
Images consisting of the characters and symbols on your keyboard/computer that are considered copyrighted art or random images are not allowed.
If they are unique pieces created by you, then they are OK, and so are smaller less annoying things like
*)--->---( and the ordinary smileys.
It's the big annoying images that everyone has seen that we don't want.
Art on the Wiki
The rules for images in your house don't all apply for the wiki. In the wiki you can inline animated GIFs and other free-to-use-images that you are not allowed to have in your houses.
However, you are NEVER allowed to steal art, that is, take someone else's picture and claim it as your own.
If it is a secret wiki-page (No link from your presentation or open forum), you can inline what you want.
Note: It's not allowed to use Elftown features, house or wiki, to upload material that doesn't belong to you. When you inline such material in the wiki or forum, use a different server to upload it to.
Wiki banners that break the rules aren't allowed in houses.
Follow the general rules written above if you don't want people to get in trouble for displaying your wiki banner in their houses. As the wikis owner or maintainer you will be held responsible if you encourage people to display wiki banners that break the rules.
Copying writings to a wiki is OK, as long as you don't claim the material (the wikiname shouldn't suggest it either).
If the owner requests for it to be removed, it will be done so.
Questionnaires longer than 50 questions can be put in wikis as well. See for example questionnaires.
How the Rules are Enforced
The Uploading Art Rules are enforced by us, the Town Guards. We can remove art that violates the rules and ban members who repeatedly upload or display art that violates the rules.
The Patrollers help us by finding and reporting art that is against the rules. This possibility is however not restricted only to Patrollers. In fact, everyone is encouraged to report rule violators.
If you find someone else violating the rules, please use the "send report to guards" button in that member's house and we will look into the matter. It is not possible for the Guards to keep an eye on each and every house and we certainly need your help in this. See the wiki page reports on how to write a good report.
Please do not send us messages saying we are unfair and we allowed someone to keep disputed material in their house. The rules apply to all. The only reason someone would still have copyrighted material displayed there is because no one has reported them yet. Do your part!
Sometimes we make mistakes and delete something that should have been allowed. Do not make a big deal about it. Reply to the guard who deleted your material (you got a message explaining why it was deleted) and explain briefly why it should be allowed and everything will be fine.
More on Copyright
First, a note on spelling. It's spelled "copyright", not "copywrite", and it's "copyrighted", not "copywritten". Copyright is about owning the right to copy something and controlling who is allowed to copy it. A copywriter is someone who works in advertising.
[Rondel] has written some lovely essays on:
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Copyright Alternatives and Copylefting
Copyright / Intellectual Property Links
Please read through these pages - they explain a great deal about copyrights.
Test Your Knowledge
Did you understand the Uploading Art Rules? Test your knowledge here:
Go or return to:
-Copying vs fanart & referencing
-How to make a Report
-The list of guards
-Elftown - Rules
-The help index
-Old UAR Format for the old version of the UAR.
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