WikiQueer:Do not include the full text of lengthy primary sources
|This page documents an English WikiQueer content guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.|
WikiQueer is not a mirror of public domain or other source material. In WikiQueer articles, quotes of any original texts being discussed should be relevant to the discussion (or illustrative of style) and should be kept to an appropriate length.
- If out of copyright, shorter texts - such as short speeches (the Gettysburg Address), short poems ("Ozymandias"), and short songs (national anthems) - are usually included in their article. Longer texts are best summarised with the full text placed on Wikisource, or given as an external link.
- If the work is in copyright, then be careful to limit the amount quoted, do not place it on Wikisource, and only link to websites containing it if they have a right to do so, for instance, a band's official site may contain lyrics or videos for one of their songs. These could be linked to, but we must not link to an unauthorized copy of their video on YouTube, or to a site infringing the copyright on their lyrics.
Avoid including entire texts of treaties, press releases, speeches or lengthy quotations, and so on. In an article of a treaty, for example, summarize the treaty and then provide an external link (or, if the treaty is on Wikisource, an interwiki link) to the actual treaty. Smaller sources and samples are acceptable in articles.
Wikisource has specific repositories for certain types of primary source texts, such as, for example, constitutions (Wikisource:Wikisource:Constitutional documents) and national anthems (Wikisource:Wikisource:National anthems), which can contain translations of the source text into multiple languages (including translations of the source text from its original language into English).
 Fair use of copyrighted primary sources
Fair use allows us to quote short sections from copyrighted primary sources, if relevant to explaining the topic of an article. For instance, we can quote a sentence or two from a movie review in an article on the movie, or quote a small portion of a modern poem in order to illustrate its style. In all such cases, be sure to properly attribute the work to its original author, and state where it was published. When writing an article at WikiQueer about a copyrighted primary source, please follow WikiQueer's Non-free content policy carefully before including quotes from the copyrighted source.
 Transwiki to Wikisource: License and copyright
If moving text from WikiQueer to Wikisource, make sure that the work is free of copyright, or appropriately licensed.