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Old July 17, 2002, 10:44 AM   #1
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Copyrights and postings

Could someone inform as to the proper procedure to post material that is copyrighted.

Reason being, At times I have found myself in possesion of material that might be relevant to a discussion but it is copyrighted and I do not wish to get anyone into trouble.
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Old July 17, 2002, 02:10 PM   #2
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I believe the correct procedure is to provide a link to the actual copyrighted material. You can follow it with a short passage from the material if necessary. If there is no link available, e.g., a book, I believe you can safely quote a short portion of it as long as you clearly state where it came from, title and author. You may not quote an entire article or book without a reference to the original, although that is done often and I doubt that the Net Police ever do anything about it.
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Old July 18, 2002, 09:31 PM   #3
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The entire contents of an article can be posted for the education of our readers. TFL is a non-commercial, educational site. Therefore, the laws pertaining to copyrights are different under the rule of "Fair Use."

Do a search on "fair use, title 17, United States Code" to learn more.

Personally, I tend to adhere to Mal's guidelines just because it is the responsible thing to do.
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