File:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.jpg

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Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free book cover for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This is the front cover art for the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban written by J. K. Rowling. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Bloomsbury (UK) (Canada 2010–present), or the cover artist, Cliff Wright (UK Edition).



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Portion used

The entire front cover. Because the image is a book cover, 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 book 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 work, namely the book cover creator's ability to provide book cover design services and in turn marketing books to the public.


As a book cover, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the packaging of the book would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary. Using a different image in the infobox would be misleading as to the identity of the work.

Other information

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

Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban//

Fair use for Harry Potter[edit]

This image, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.jpg, is being linked here; though the picture is subject to copyright I (TonyJoe) feel it is covered by the U.S. fair use laws because the use of a single cover "to illustrate an article discussing the book in question" is allowed. Absent of an official "series cover," it logically follows that this single cover used in conjunction with its fellows to illustrate an article on the series to which they all belong is allowable.


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current11:21, 31 October 2019Thumbnail for version as of 11:21, 31 October 2019247 × 402 (167 KB) (talk | contribs)Color correction, slightly higher resolution (0.1 megapixels).
18:44, 17 May 2007No thumbnail200 × 316 (50 KB)Panser Born (talk | contribs)Uploaded lower resolution version to enhance fair use claim.
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