Time to live up to my name.
In general, do not upload/post full page scans. As Comic Vine rises in popularity, so does its scrutiny by the comic companies.
1. Reporting news - (Typically reserved for Staff)
2. Reviews - When the scan serves as an example for the review
3. Commentary - Actually addressing the merits of the scan's composition
4. Research - Probably not applicable to our site
5. Express permission/license - (Also typically reserved for Staff)
6. Images from comics/manga in the public domain
To be safe, stick to reducing a scan down to a panel. This has not caused much of a problem. (Besides, we don't want to see the panel of Batman smacking Robin go away.)
Due to the legal nature of this rule, please don't try to get cute and exploit/try to find loopholes or justify using a full page scan when one isn't necessary. Mods will delete abuse and give out warnings where appropriate.
Battles: An argument can be made that battles are a form of research. This is very weak. But, as scans are a part of the culture of battles, Comic Vine will allow up to three pages of full page scans per issue to show feats and context for a point of debate. (Note: We would prefer the use of panels.) "Pictures or it didn't happen" needs to stop. The days of showing half a comic because of a battle sequence are over. If someone does not agree that a certain feat went down as argued then up to three scans can be used (if panels are insufficient) as evidence. This is not to say that if three scans cannot adequately show the point then the claim is false, it just means that everyone needs to find the book and find out for themselves. Sides of debates do not always have the same information and it is up to the civil debaters to find out for themselves the validity of another's statement. This rule extends to Respect threads and CaV tournaments.
Previews: Do not think that you can repost preview pages just because a company gives our site access. Preview pages are licensed to specific sites. Comic Vine is granted permission to post early pages of upcoming books; you are not granted that permission. If you want to show off a preview then make a link to the preview. This goes for previews exclusive to other sites. We do not have permission to repost the scans. Provide a link if you want to showcase scans for a preview on another site.
It should go without saying that you may not post full issues to Comic Vine -- not even to your personal gallery. These should be deleted.
Remember that this rule is legal in nature. This has nothing to do with the complaint of users scan-bombing. The law technically says that no full page scans should be used. There is no right to reproduction if the copyright owner has not given permission. Battles have been a part of Comic Vine for a long time; we have gone this long without intense scrutiny. However, it would be naive to think that this will last forever. We have had some complaints already from comic companies. The site is willing to stick its neck out for three full page scans.
Manga is covered by this rule. Just because foreign companies have not pursued infringement in the past does not mean that we can ignore their rights. This goes for webcomics, too. The caveat is if the publisher/owner has given permission to reproduce the content. Rare, but it happens when people truly want their work out.
The argument that using scans promotes picking up new books holds no water. That is a great side effect of sharing comics, but it is not an exemption for potential copyright issues.
A workaround is by posting links to external photo/scan sites. We don't have any control over that. We just don't want the full scans on our site. Also, links to videos of the full comics are against the rules, as that is akin to linking to a pirated copy.
We understand that people will be sensitive to this new and supposedly harsh rule. We just want to make sure that Comic Vine is able to continue operating without much interference from outside (legal) forces.
Before you start complaining, this rule has been in place since 2015.
This rule can be found on the Site Rules & FAQ, which is pinned to the forums, under #23:
It is also referenced in the Battle Forum Rules that these general forum rules are to be followed (although after today this will be posted directly to that thread as well):
The original announcement and discussion thread can be found here:
As of late, it seems there is great confusion over the rule still and it has cost a select few dearly. So I will sum it up very simply:
FULL PAGE SCANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE UPLOADED TO YOUR GALLERY
That means any and all. There are no exceptions. The three scan limit for battle forums, respect threads and regular discussion is for forum posts only.
When the rule was created, images were able to be posted to the forums without being in a user’s gallery. Some update or glitch changed this. As of recently, this glitch has been repaired and images do not need to be in your gallery to still remain in your original post.
Dragging and dropping an image to your post willstill upload the image to your gallery.
So before the despair sets in, let me assure you that there are quite a few simple ways to avoid breaking this rule.
What You Can Do
This is by far the easiest way to comply with the rules and still maintain your posting style and take advantage of CV’s awesome format. Crop panels from the scan or cut the page in half. This is super simple to do with basic programs (such as MS Paint) and really takes very little time. And I’m old so you should have no problem.
To be honest, good debaters should already be cropping scans anyway to be concise and to keep the readers engaged and only seeing what is necessary in the scans. You don’t need the three panels of Aunt May wondering where Peter is with her pills.
I’ve already seen a few who think trimming an inch or so off the edge counts as cropping a full page scan. While this is a good try, this is still not acceptable.
So what if the scan can’t be cropped?
While not exactly ideal, image hosting sites can be linked to show full page scans. As they are not posted to our galleries or our forums, you can even exceed the three scan limit. Image hosting sites include sites like imgur, Flickr, Google, etc.
HOWEVER, don’t get too excessive and abuse this. We still have piracy rules in place so do not post entire issues or even entire tales (such as shorts or back-up stories). That’s basically the meat and potatoes of why we can’t do this.
Need something even easier?
Delete the Images
As previously stated, the image issue has been resolved. You can simply delete the images from your gallery and they will still remain in your post. When you’ve finished your post, simply remove the full page scans from your gallery.
You must still follow the three scan rule however, which shouldn’t be a problem as that seems to be at least the one part everyone understood from this rule. Post up to three scans (per issue) and remove them from your gallery.
I expect a lot of flak and I hate that it is me that has to do this, but I will be enforcing this as should the other mods. I honestly do this out of love for both the site and its community. I want the site to prosper and the users to not have to worry about being banned and all their hard work lost for something that is so easy to fix.
It is not out of the realm of possibility that this rule could change, but due to its legal nature a lot more needs to be determined and it could take quite some time, so this is what we have. Regardless of the ‘why’, this is a site rule and should be followed like any other.
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