All content is licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license, unless otherwise noted. All other information, art, skill images, are Copyright to their original creators, NCSoft, or ArenaNet.
In English, this means that any original thought you create is yours, but you license it permanently to us. We create derivative works based upon your original content—that's the nature of a wiki. We, in turn, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, relicense these works under the same license. This means that, while you retain copyright of your content (you could sell your original contributions to whomever you wanted, or you could license them under different terms somewhere else), we will always have the right to distribute it for free. Further, since we distribute under this license to anybody who accesses this site, everybody in the world will always have the right to distribute your contribution, and any edits to your contribution, for free, provided they are never used for a commercial purpose.
Please note, the adverts on this site are not provided under this license, the creative commons license only counts for content created by users to this website (I.E. all editable content).
Source: http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/copyright-info.php , 06:05, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
We are using ArenaNet content on GuildWiki under 2 different doctrines:
- We use the content for criticism and comment; the purpose of the wiki is nonprofit educational; our host is a commercial entity, but its purpose is the distribution of our data, they don't directly sell the content (much like the phone company doesn't sell your grandma's words, but rather its phone services).
- The copyrighted work is a game, our wiki is not.
- We don't copy anything approaching the substance of the game.
- We are not competing with ANet in the MMORPG market, so the effect of this use is negligible.
Source: http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/termsofuse.php , 09:52, 27 March 2009 (UTC)
From the overall language of these terms it is clear that "private, personal use", contrary to its usual meaning, includes publication on the web.