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    Fair use, copyright act, what can I post or paste

    Generally most sites have a 65 words or less limitation on pasting from another copyrighted source.

    Here's a recommendation.

    Keep the copy and paste brief and credit the original copyrighted site or work.

    always link the original source URL! Generally I link it before I paste or comment right at the top, and at the end of my post, that's not a rule but seems to avoid problems as due diligence was used to cite and credit the copyright holder.

    Below is a little on the subject so we don't run into problems.

    http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

    http://www.copyright.gov/title17/

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    This one explains it in simple terms.
    http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/mono1.html


    Section 106 of the Copyright Act provides that "Subject to sections 107 through 118, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

    (1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; . . ."

    Section 107 provides that

    Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, 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.

    http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/mono1.html

    Below is a Michigan ruling on copyright.

    http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/michigan.html

    The four fair use factors

    Section 107 provides that

    "Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, 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 a particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include --

    1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
    3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

    The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors." Emphasis added.

    http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/michigan.html
    Exo 22:2 "If anyone catches a thief breaking in and hits him so that he dies, he is not guilty of murder.
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    Thumbs up Excellent Info!

    Bailenforcer - thanks for the info. I have seen this as an issue for other sites and do not want OCDO to be caught up in lawsuits.

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    If OCDO is a not for profit most worries are not an issue.

    But due diligence to not post an entire copyrighted article is best to be used.




    Quote Originally Posted by PDinDetroit View Post
    Bailenforcer - thanks for the info. I have seen this as an issue for other sites and do not want OCDO to be caught up in lawsuits.
    Exo 22:2 "If anyone catches a thief breaking in and hits him so that he dies, he is not guilty of murder.
    Luke 22:36: "Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Luk 11:21 "When a strong man, with all his weapons ready, guards his own house, all his belongings are safe.

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    Thank you for the reminder!

    I tend to post the first couple of sentences as a teaser with a link to the full article!
    Anything I post may be my opinion and not the law... you are responsible to do your own verification.

    Blackstone (1753-1765) maintains that "the law holds that it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

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    good find. thanks.

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