Contributing photos to LibraryThing
Please answer LibraryThing related questions here (and on the other Help and FAQ pages). To ASK questions, however, please use Talk.
 What about copyright?
We take copyright seriously.
In general, LibraryThing follows the Wikipedia model for image use. Avoid "fair use" images, as that standard does not apply on LibraryThing.
Before uploading a picture or photo, please be sure that either:
- You own the rights to the image (you created it yourself)
- The image is under a "copyleft" or open source license, such as Creative-Commons-Attribution. The license must allow commercial use.
- The image is in the public domain under U.S. law. This includes every image published before 1923. [NOTE: the fact that an image can be found on a publicly accessible website does NOT mean that it is in the public domain for copyright purposes.]
- The image has been specifically released for general promotional use
- The copyright holder has specifically released the image for use by LibraryThing. Check out our Photo permission letters.
If you have received permission to upload an image, please forward a copy of that email to email@example.com, and indicate in the copyright field that you have done so. If you are an author or photographer who wishes to release an image, you must do so in writing—in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by providing a link to a notice on your website.
Discuss these issues in the Author and venue pictures group.
 Can I ask for permission?
Yes. We have a nifty set of Photo permission letters.
 What information goes in the "Credit/Information" and "Copyright" fields?
"Credit" means the name of the artist or photographer, if known. "Information" means the source of the image, such as the URL of the website where you found it.
"Copyright" means the name of the copyright holder, if known, and the legal justification for use of the image. (Is it in the public domain? Is it licensed under a Creative Commons license? Was permission obtained from the copyright holder?)
This is NOT the place for a biography of the author or a description of the contents of a book. That information should be entered on the Author Page and Work Page, respectively, in the appropriate fields.
 Flagging images
Logged in users can flag pictures they view as inappropriate or irrelevant for reasons of content.
Such reasons might include:
- not the author or venue the image is listed under^
- sexually explicit
- the image is a duplicate
Please note that this is a change from the previous policy which allowed (indeed, encouraged) users to flag images for copyright reasons. Rather than using member moderation of image copyright, LibraryThing now relies on the instruments and protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
^ If this is unclear for a particular image, before the image is flagged we recommend leaving a polite comment on the picture asking the member who uploaded it to justify its use in that context (an anonymous author using a non-author-photo image, for example).
Help us out: When an image is flagged by a member, it is put up for a vote. You can see all open votes.
Threshhold: At present, an answer meets the threshold if it has more than twice as many votes as the opposite, and is winning by 5 or more votes.
Removed: Removed pictures have reached the threshold for yes votes. Removed images do not show up anywhere outside of the flagged picture gallery.
Exonerated: An exonerated picture has reached the threshold for no votes.