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All content is licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license, unless otherwise noted. All other information, art, skill images, are Copyright to their original creators, NCSoft, or ArenaNet.

In English, this means that any original thought you create is yours, but you license it permanently to us. We create derivative works based upon your original content—that's the nature of a wiki. We, in turn, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, relicense these works under the same license. This means that, while you retain copyright of your content (you could sell your original contributions to whomever you wanted, or you could license them under different terms somewhere else), we will always have the right to distribute it for free. Further, since we distribute under this license to anybody who accesses this site, everybody in the world will always have the right to distribute your contribution, and any edits to your contribution, for free, provided they are never used for a commercial purpose.

Please note, the adverts on this site are not provided under this license, the creative commons license only counts for content created by users to this website (I.E. all editable content).

ArenaNet Content

Source: http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/copyright-info.php , 06:05, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Guild Wars Copyright Information

© 2011 ArenaNet, Inc. All rights reserved. NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, ArenaNet, Arena.net, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall, Nightfall, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, Eye of the North, Guild Wars 2, and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

We are using ArenaNet content on GuildWiki under 2 different doctrines:

Fair use

  1. We use the content for criticism and comment; the purpose of the wiki is nonprofit educational; our host is a commercial entity, but its purpose is the distribution of our data, they don't directly sell the content (much like the phone company doesn't sell your grandma's words, but rather its phone services).
  2. The copyrighted work is a game, our wiki is not.
  3. We don't copy anything approaching the substance of the game.
  4. We are not competing with ANet in the MMORPG market, so the effect of this use is negligible.

ArenaNet's Terms of Use

Source: http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/termsofuse.php , 09:52, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Terms of Use

I am interested in creating a Guild Wars or ArenaNet fansite. What is your policy regarding copyrights and trademarks? May I use ArenaNet and/or Guild Wars content, i.e., images, text, animations or sound files, on my web page?

Yes, you may use our content — that is images, text, and video or audio files — within the following parameters:
  • The content must be used in a noncommercial context for private, personal use only
  • You must include all copyright and other notices associated with the content
  • You acknowledge and agree that no title nor any other form of ownership to the content has been or will be transferred to you from ArenaNet nor from anyone else
  • You agree that you will not alter, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or in any other way modify the content
  • You agree that ArenaNet has the right to request removal of our content at any time, for any reason
You may not use our content on sites that contain or link to sites containing:
  • Hacks or cheats
  • Pornography
  • Inflammatory Content
  • Unlawful content
  • Objectionable content, as determined by ArenaNet

From the overall language of these terms it is clear that "private, personal use", contrary to its usual meaning, includes publication on the web.