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Thread: Copyrighted material: don't paste it into these forums.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 1997
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Default Copyrighted material: don't paste it into these forums.

    Kindly do not post copyrighted material on these forums. To put it bluntly, this is a violation of federal law and theft from the copyright owners. It is also against forum rules.

    I know it's easy to copy and paste content. Often articles published on the `Net illustrate exactly what we want to say or they contain information that would be useful to other forum members. Nevertheless, publishing copyrighted materials on this forum exposes us and you to the potential for litigation.

    There is a way to appropriately reference external material. It's called "fair use." There's no easy-to-understand definition of fair use, but my understanding of its application in our context allows this: Summarize the content of the article in your own words; if necessary, post a small (no more than a few sentences) excerpt; and post a link to the entire article.

    I am asking the moderators to take firm action on this issue. We will endeavor to help posters do this the right way, but the bottom line is that we cannot permit copyrighted material.


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    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    Default Fair use. . .

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as use for scholarship or review. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test. It is based on free speech rights provided by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall includeŚ

    the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

    the nature of the copyrighted work;

    the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

    the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


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