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This policy sets out information and rules for respecting the copyrights of Monster9 and the Tokyo Broadcasting System in its works. In order to reproduce any of Monster9's content, including images, characters, storylines, or text, we must either have Monster9's clear permission to do so, or meet the criteria required for "fair use".



See Wikipedia:Copyright

Copyright is the legal ownership that automatically attaches to creative works. For example, if you were to write a novel in your spare time, you would own the copyright of that novel, and no one else could use its text without your permission. Copyright protects not only the actual text of a novel or code of a computer game, but the characters, plot points, and other creative expressions within.

Copyright law is enforced internationally, based on a series of treaties.

Fair use

See Wikipedia:Fair use

Fair use or fair dealing allows limited reproduction of copyrighted works for specific purposes, such as study or criticism. Fair use considerations of particular relevance to this site include:

  1. The source of the material must be acknowledged.
  2. The amount of the original copied. Generally speaking the less, the better. "Quote or closely paraphrase as little as possible to make your point: under 10% is best; above 20% is high risk...although in some cases 1% may not be fair use, and 100% can be fair use, it’s impossible to provide percentage guidelines that always work". A small paragraph or sentence paraphrased or quoted verbatim from a source is likely fine, quoting or paraphrasing an entire article/quest/event from a source is likely not. Use sound judgement.
  3. The purpose of the copying. If we reproduce some of Monster9's ideas as a guide to their shows, that is more likely to be considered a valid purpose than if we included content which could serve as alternatives to the shows.


See Wikipedia:Trademark

Copyright is often confused with trademark, which is a registered name or logo used to sell goods or services. In the case of Monster9, SASUKE™, KUNOICHI™, Pro Sportsman No. 1™, and the Monster9 & TBS logos, are all registered trademarks used to sell its shows. No one else can use those logos in the marketplace. Trademark laws protect Monster9' names and logos, while copyright laws protect its shows.


See Wikipedia:Copyleft

The term copyleft is often used in the context of wikis, and is a form of licensing which allows free distribution, with the main limit that the person using the software must also distribute it freely. Naturally, in order to allow our content to be freely distributed, we must first ensure that we have permission to post it.


This policy covers all articles which describe or discuss the content of Monster9's shows and other works. While articles containing direct images and quotes are obviously included, all articles which describe Monster9's shows, competitors, obstacles and other creative expressions are also covered by Monster9's copyright, despite being written in our own words.

There are only two ways that we can use ideas, text, and images from Monster9's works:

  1. With Monster9's clear permission.
  2. According to the fair use exception.

All articles covered by this policy must fall into one or both of these categories.

You should include copyright information as near as possible to the use of the material reproduced (on Image: page or using a citation or reference).

Fair use

In order to be considered fair use of copyrighted material on Sasukepedia, all of the following must be met.

  1. The specific source of the material must be acknowledged. See Sasukepedia:Citation
  2. The tone of the article must be that of a guide to the sports entertainment shows, not that of a competing creative work.
    • For example, an article describing a competition should objectively describe the competitors and course obstacles. A description of the events of the competition should not be in the form of a dramatic short story or critical review.
  3. Where direct quotes are used, special care is required. Note that closely paraphrasing Monster9's text to avoid direct quotation would still be plagiarism. Try to reduce the information down to 10% of the original source to be safe.
    • Quotes must be clearly marked as quotes, using quotation marks or the <blockquote> element.
    • Quotes must be used sparingly, and be as brief as possible.
    • Quotes must be offered in support of a claim. Do not reproduce Monster9's text to fill in the substantive content of an article. The only exception to this is if the only information for a subject is limited to a sentence or small paragraph. Quoting or paraphrasing a small bit of information is ok, as long as it includes quotation marks or the <blockquote> element, as well as the ref or {{cite}}.


Because it involves issues which could incur legal liability for the wiki, it is imperative that all editors read, follow, and help enforce this policy. Articles not in compliance with this policy should be brought into compliance with it promptly through the removal or editing of the contravening content.


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