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Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free single cover for Girlfriend in a Coma (song)

This is the cover art for the single Girlfriend in a Coma by the artist The Smiths. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the record label or the graphic artist(s).


The cover art can be obtained from the record label.


Girlfriend in a Coma (song)

Portion used

The entire cover: because the image is cover art, 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.

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The copy is of sufficient resolution for commentary and identification but lower resolution than the original 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 artwork, namely the artist's providing graphic design services to music concerns and in turn marketing music to the public.


As musical cover art, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the packaging of the music would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary.

Other information

Use of the cover art 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 Girlfriend in a Coma (song)//

The sleeve of Girlfriend in a Coma by The Smiths (single, August 1987). Cover star: British playwright Shelagh Delaney. Apart from the title track, the single included B-sides Work is a Four-Letter Word (a cover of a Cilla Black song) and I Keep Mine Hidden (twelve inch edition only), the last song ever written or recorded by The Smiths.

Girlfriend in a Coma was the lead single off the band's fourth album, Strangeways, Here We Come, and reached #13 in the British charts. Douglas Coupland named his 1998 book of the same title after the song.


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current10:59, 30 September 2004Thumbnail for version as of 10:59, 30 September 2004250 × 250 (59 KB)Cwoyte (talk | contribs)The sleeve of ''Girlfriend in a Coma'' by The Smiths (single, August 1987). {{albumcover}}
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