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Putting Bethesda's materials in a wiki

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Stygies VIII's picture
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I noticed that you published contents of Hero's Guides to TESO. Is that officially legal? Could it be posted on a Polish wiki about TES as well? The English one has that content too.

And what about the materials on Bethesda's official website, some player's guides (the Arena and Daggerfall ones)? Can a wiki post pages of those guides on their website? Same with the comic about Cyrus?

I'm asking because we just want to add all that content to our Polish wikia without breaking the law.

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I believe The Imperial Library obtained permission from Bethesda before posting those works on this website. If you'd like to post them on another website, you'd have to approach Bethesda for permission. Of course if you want to just post notes on the content of the books, like TIL has done for the novels, that is perfectly legal. You should really speak with Lady Nerevar about this though because I believe she was instrumental in obtaining permission to post the books (sans artwork) on this site. You should send her a PM.

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Thank you for the info! I'll contact Lady N.

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The way I approach it is this:

If something is already publicly available through Bethesda (such as the Cyrus comic or anything on Beth's website), it can be freely reposted to TIL and elsewhere.

If something is not available online, and especially if that something is exclusively available for purchase (like the Emperor's Guide, for example), I ask permission first. They almost always say yes with some caveats (like not publishing images). I can think of only one example that got a "no," and the circumstances of that were beyond unusual. 

I think this is a pretty safe way to look at it overall, but I'm not a copyright lawyer. 

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Thanks. I think that's what most of us think and do on wikias. I think that freely accessible materials can be seen as game screenshots. There's nothing bad about publishing them.