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Guidelines for working with Wikilivres.

Wikilivres is a project similar to Wikisource. (Note that "Wikilivres" translates from French as "Wikibooks" but it is not the same thing as the French Wikibooks.) It is based in Canada, so it operates on Canadian copyright law rather than United States law. Some works that are not acceptable on Wikisource due to copyright may be acceptable in Wikilivres instead. Wikisource can link to Wikilivres by a wikilink or with a soft-redirect template. Wikilivres actively encourages users to post texts to Wikisource if they are acceptable under our terms.

Wikilivres was started as an independent project in Canada but it is now operated by members of Wikimedia Canada.

Note that Wikilivres is a multi-lingual project, with most texts being in English, French, and Spanish along with a handful in Albanian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Esperanto, Georgian, German, Polish, and Russian. It also accepts media files which makes it complement Wikimedia Commons as well.

Canadian copyright law[edit]

Both American and Canadian copyright law include different categories for works that are in the public domain based on when they were published or the author's birth and death dates. Generally, Canadian law allows for works 50 years from publication or 75 years from creation, whichever is shorter to enter the public domain. See Wikilivres' page on the public domain and their Inclusion policy for more information.

Linking to Wikilivres[edit]

This site has been added to our interwiki map, so a wikilink to wikilivres appears as: [[wikilivres:Foo]]. You can also use {{wikilivres}} (or the shortcut {{wl}}) to make a link which also points to this page for an individual work. If you want to point to an author who has works on that site then use {{Wikilivres page}}.

It is helpful to use the templates mentioned below for linking to Wikilivres in case something about the configuration of their site changes. In fact, Wikilivres used to be hosted under the domain name "" but moved to "". All instances of "" links need to be changed and if they are linked via the templates, that is done instantly with one change of code.

Similarly, Wikilivres pages frequently link to Wikisource, as well as Commons, Wikidata, and Wikipedia.[edit]

There is a spin-off site from Wikilivres which is also named Wikilivres but is hosted at the Russian .ru top-level domain. This Wikilivres was made in 2012 after a split with the Canadian site over hosting texts under Creative Commons licenses which do not allow derivatives or commercial copying. Almost all of the content at this site is in Russian, English, Armenian, Bulgarian, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Scots, Serbian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. The site's interface is in Russian. It may be appropriate to link there as well for authors who only allow CC BY-NC-ND works or similar licenses (such as Richard Stallman).


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