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This page is for people who would like to use content from Ballotpedia in their own work.

If you want to use Ballotpedia materials in your own website, article, blog, book or other publication, you can do so, but you must comply with the terms of Ballotpedia's GFDL License.

The terms of that GFDL License include:

  • Attribution.

If you use text from Ballotpedia elsewhere, you must acknowledge the authors of the Ballotpedia article. This is known as the "GFDL attribution requirement."In most cases, a live link or what is sometimes called "a conspicuous direct link" from the article on your website back to the article on Ballotpedia from which you are copying content satisfies the GFDL attribution requirement.

  • Licensing notice.

You must make your copied version available on the same terms to others. This means that if you copy text from Ballotpedia elsewhere, you must allow others to copy that content from your website on the same terms under which you copied the content from Ballotpedia. As part of this requirement, you must include a licensing notice that allows users of your publication to understand the terms under which they may re-use the text.

  • Indicate changes.

If you make additions or modifications to the text you copy from Ballotpedia, you must indicate in a reasonable fashion that the original work has been modified.

What should I do if someone has used my Ballotpedia content without following the terms of the GFDL license?

In this case, you can try to contact the owner/publisher of the website that is using your content without following the terms of the GFDL license.

You can consult this GFDL copyright violation letter for ideas on what to say if you contact someone who is violating your copyright.