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Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free album cover true for Silent Alarm

This is the cover art for the album Silent Alarm by the artist Bloc Party. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Wichita, or the graphic artist(s).


The cover art can be obtained from Wichita.


Silent Alarm

Portion used

The entire cover: because the image is cover art, a form of product packaging, the entire image is needed to identify the product, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Low resolution?

The copy is of sufficient resolution for commentary and identification but lower resolution than the original cover. Copies made from it will be of inferior quality, unsuitable as artwork on pirate versions or other uses that would compete with the commercial purpose of the original artwork.

Purpose of use

Main infobox. The image is used for identification in the context of critical commentary of the work for which it serves as cover art. It makes a significant contribution to the user's understanding of the article, which could not practically be conveyed by words alone. The image is placed in the infobox at the top of the article discussing the work, to show the primary visual image associated with the work, and to help the user quickly identify the work and know they have found what they are looking for. Use for this purpose does not compete with the purposes of the original artwork, namely the artist's providing graphic design services to music concerns and in turn marketing music to the public.


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

Other information

Use of the cover art in the article complies with Wikipedia non-free content policy and fair use under the copyright law of the United States as described above.

Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of Silent Alarm//
  1. Type: Cover of Bloc Party's 2005 CD Silent Alarm.
  2. Photographer: Ness Sherry
  3. Distributors: Wichita Recordings, Vice Records, V2 Records, Dim Mak Records
  4. From: National Public Radio link

Fair use in Silent Alarm[edit]

Though this image is subject to copyright, its use is covered by the U.S. fair use laws because:

  1. It illustrates educational articles about the album from which the cover illustration was taken.
  2. The image is used as the primary means of visual identification of the article topic, of which critical commentary is written.
  3. The use of the cover will not affect the value of the original work or limit the copyright holder's rights or ability to distribute the original. In particular, copies of the image could not be used to make illegal copies of the album artwork on another CD.
  4. It is a low resolution image.
  5. The image is only a small portion of the commercial product.
  6. It is not replaceable with an uncopyrighted or freely copyrighted image of comparable educational value.


File history

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current14:17, 7 August 2014Thumbnail for version as of 14:17, 7 August 2014300 × 300 (11 KB)Diannaa (talk | contribs)This is the correct size for non-free album covers
15:56, 31 July 2014No thumbnail500 × 500 (21 KB)Angelo Trovato (talk | contribs)
15:54, 31 July 2014No thumbnail300 × 300 (11 KB)Angelo Trovato (talk | contribs)
19:58, 10 February 2009No thumbnail200 × 200 (13 KB)Fox (talk | contribs)Lower res
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