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Recently, there have been two fan art images uploaded, File:Shawden Lok Face.jpg and File:Darthkakarot9mx.jpg. They attracted my attention to the point that I removed speedy deletion tags from them; however, I kept them linked to this page to spot them later. They are fan art, but it's free fan art, one is tagged GFDL-self and the other pd-self. The point is, if we simply delete these images, it isn't the problem that we would lose them (people can save them to their computers prior to deletion), but that we'd lose all evidence proving that the images are indeed free.

Therefore, I'm inclined to propose a sister-project of Wookieepedia, which may or may not be a wiki, and whose name won't necessarily be the subject of this thread, but which would be a repository of free (which means public domain or copyrighted under a free license) Star Wars fan art. - Sikon [Talk] 14:57, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

I am unfamiliar with the legal ramifications on fan art. Is a fan drawing of Darth Vader a violation of Lucasfilm's rights? --SparqMan 17:33, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
From Wikipedia: "Fan art is usually a violation of the original creator's copyright, but since it is usually intended as a tribute, the copyright holders tend to tolerate (and even encourage) it, though some artists will not tolerate fanart of their creations being sold for a profit." - Sikon [Talk] 18:16, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
Exactly. They *can't* be GFDL or public domain, because they contain copyrighted elements owned by Lucasfilm. jSarek 20:18, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
I already responded on the respective talk pages, so forgive me for being redundant; I didn't see this first. I'm the one who speedy'd them. What you're basically saying is...say I create a fanon article, draw myself a stick figure lightsaber-weilding Jedi (whose past is unknown, is the most powerful Jedi ever, who trained under Yoda, survived the Jedi get the point) and upload it on the site. The article will get deleted immediately. The image might too, or it might get forgotten, only to join a thousand and a half (no joke) other unused images, and that's okay because I put a certain copyright tag on it? -- Ozzel 23:39, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
If Lucasfilm wanted to sue fan artists, it would have done so long ago. The catch is that a free license is a guarantee that the artist won't be able to sue someone who uses or modifies their art. - Sikon [Talk] 07:59, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
I don't think we're on the same page. I'm not talking about copyrights. I'm wondering why we should be keeping fan art images on Wookieepedia that were uploaded either to accompany fanon articles or were added to canonical articles and are no long being used at all? -- Ozzel 06:57, 27 July 2006 (UTC)
That's an interesting point. Also, it may send the mistaken impression to new users that, since fan-art is okay, so is fanon. Copyrights aside, I think the idea has promise – but not as affiliated with us. RMF 15:11, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

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