Template:Illustration Image Data

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Documentation for the template: Illustration Image Data (transcluded from Template:Illustration Image Data/Doc


This template is to be placed on the image description page of an illustration used under fair use.


A minimal call (omitting parameters that can safely be left to their defaults) to the template would be:

{{Illustration Image Data
|Title=<publication title>
|Edition=<date and/or publisher>
|Pub=<the publication record number or tag>
|Publisher=<Name of publisher>
|Artist=<name of artist>
|Source=<origin of image>

A maximal call, including all parameters, would be:

{{Illustration Image Data
|Title=<publication title>
|Edition=<date and/or publisher>
|Pub=<the publication record number or tag>
|Publisher=<Name of publisher>
|Artist=<name of artist>
|CpyrtHolder=<name of the actual copyright holder>
|Source=<origin of image>
|Portion=<the portion of the image used>
|AddRat=<Additional fair use rationale>
|LowRes=<Yes or No>

All parameter names have an initial capital letter. Case is significant in a parameter name. The order of the parameters is not significant, but the order above is suggested, as it is the order of use within the template.

Note: In all the above examples, when a parameter is shown in angle brackets, like:


then the parameter, and the angle brackets, should be replaced by the value of the parameter. For example: Title=<TITLE> should become Title=The Name of the Book (or whatever the name might be).

Parameter definitions

Parameter Description Default
Title Should specify the actual title of the book or other publication whose image is being displayed. Required Field
Edition Ideally should specify the year and publisher, as "Ace 1983", or some other text string which will distinguish the pictured edition from other publications of the same title. Required Field
Pub The publication record number or tag. Must be a valid argument to {{P}}. (Id may be used as an alias for Pub, with the same effect.) Strongly encouraged. No default.
Publisher Should specify the name of the publisher of the publication displayed, for proper attribution. Required Field
CpyrtHolder The name of the copyright holder of the image, if known with reasonable assurance, particularly if this is not the publisher. Defaults to "the publisher or the artist". Omit if not known.
Artist The name of the artist. If omitted, defaults to "Unknown". Links to the artist's DB page unless the artist is "Unknown". If the artwork is plain except for lettering, or otherwise has no real "Art" and no credited creator, specify "Artist=None"
Source Website where the image was obtained, or name or handle of user who scanned the image. May also include scanner resolution in dpi. If omitted, defaults to "Unknown".
Portion Is used to replace the text that describes the portion of the artwork that's being used. By default the wording is for the entire image.
AddRat Additional rationale. Any text spelling out additional reasons why this image qualifies for fair use. Defaults to blank. Should be omitted unless there is an additional rationale to specify.
LowRes Should normally be "Yes", to indicate that this is a relatively low-res image. If the value is "Yes" a statement to this effect is displayed. If the value is "No", or if the parameter is omitted, a warning text will be displayed instead. Values other than "Yes" or "No" may cause the template to malfunction. Defaults to "Yes", can be omitted for images under 600 pixels.


For a usage example, see the example page for covers. This template is the same except for the template name.


This template places all pages it is used on into Category:Fair use images and Category:Illustration images. It will also place each page into an Artist and a Publisher category, the names being derived from the appropriate parameters. If the Pub parameter is not supplied, the image is also placed in Category:Illustration images without publication links.

Fair Use Image Data

Illustration within {{{Title}}} -- {{{Edition}}} edition(No Link). The illustration copyright is believed to belong to the publisher or the interior artist.







Portion used

The entire illustration. The entire image is needed to identify this illustration, including the specific edition, help confirm bibliographic data, properly convey the meaning intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Resolution reduced?

This resolution is significantly reduced, and could not plausibly be used to make publishable copies of the original.

Fair Use Image Rationale
Purpose of use The image is used as the primary means of visual identification of the illustration and to confirm the accuracy of such bibliographic data such as the artist and when merging ISFDB interior-art title records that the records refer to the same illustration.

As the illustration is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the illustration would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary.


The use of this image, in connection with the display of bibliographic information about a specific edition of {{{Title}}}, as part of the ISFDB, a non-profit bibliographic reference work, on servers located within the United States, is believed to constitute Fair Use within the meaning of United States copyright law.

Reusers of the ISFDB's content should take care to be sure that their use conforms to applicable copyright law -- not all such uses will constitute fair use, and copyright law varies significantly in different nations.