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    Hi all. We have had some concerns regarding copyright violations and since we are growing by leaps and bounds it is probably best to law down the law (so to speak).

    Below is our Fair Use policy. Whenever a post is in violation of this fair use policy it will be edited! Thats important I will repeat it. It will be edited. Just follow the fair usage guidelines and clue in new members, etc and everything should be fine. Thanks for your cooperation everyone!

    Mystic Wicks Fair Use Policy

    For prose, fair use is generally 3% of the total length of the work. That's
    a *very* small amount of the original work. Furthermore, you need to be
    reproducing the material in order to comment on it, or to support an
    argument, etc. For a book length work, 3% is generally about 200 words.
    Consider how much less it is for essays and articles.

    For poetry or songs: fair use does not apply. You may not reproduce any part
    of a song or poem without the copyright holder's consent.

    Public domain: If the piece in question is in the public domain, then then
    entire piece is fair use--you can do with it wha tyou like. A work is only
    considered in the public domain if the author has written, "This work is
    freely given to the public domain" or something similar. The statement must
    be explicitly stated by the author on the piece itself.

    However, if the author has been dead for 70 years, his works are considered
    in the public domain, unless the copyright has been renewed by another group
    or individual. (THat doesn't happen very often)

    A work is *not* in the public domain just because it is on the internet,
    posted to a newsgroup, posted to a bulletin board, etc. All written material
    retains its copyright unless the author gives that copyright away.

    What this means, folks, is that its not okay to post entire news articles,
    for example, poetry or songs written by other people, excerpts of a length
    that violate fair use, or entire essays. Furthermore, it means that its not
    ok to post these things "As long as you credit your source". That's a myth.
    If you don't have permission from the copyright holder himself, you may not
    reproduce it on this board (or anywhere in public). Period.

    Regarding graphics: If you do not have the artists permission and the image is NOT in the public domain then you may not use any portion of tha image. Get permission FIRST or you will be asked to remove the image.
    Last edited by mol; October 11th, 2004, 05:15 PM.


  • #2
    Great Post Mol

    Can I suggest something?

    That this be re-posted each month or every three months so that New Members like myself so they know what they can do and what's they can't.


    • #3
      I should have read this first. Oy. But at least I won't make that faux pas again.
      "Hit the deck! Shuffle the deck! Shuffle off to Buffalo!" ~ Gogo Dodo


      • #4
        *nods* It's good to know.
        Don't worry about it Mel, I know I'm so used to reproducing song lyrics and the like that I'll probably have to remind myself (and be reminded) several times!
        Oh Noz Oppression!
        Because life is so much more exciting when you're being persecuted.


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        • #5
          Good time for a bump here! :D
          Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege to do so also. - Voltaire


          • #6


            • #7
              Bump with an added note: As of a year or so ago, copyright protection was extended to author's lifetime plus 70 years.

              Faith is easy -- until the moment you actually need it.

              "Since when are facts subjective?" - Athena_Nadine

              "Turning and turning in the widening gyre
              The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
              Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
              Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
              The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
              The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
              The best lack all convictions, while the worst
              Are full of passionate intensity."

              – W.B. Yeats, "The Second Coming"


              • #8
                Good stuff to know ~ thanks for posting this
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                • #9
                  .....and a bump for all

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                  • #10
                    bumpity bump! Read, people, read!
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                    • #11
                      Ah, good to know! *bump*


                      • #12
                        So how does this apply to images and art used in banners and avatars?

                        Inquiring minds want to know....

                        To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. - Bono


                        • #13
                          Following that thread on copyright and images, and particularly in view of some of the erroneous statements expressed there - "its only a forum, it doesn't matter" "as long as the artist is unknown you are okay" "its only graphics" "its non-commercial so not a violation" I would like to see clear guidance on image re-use in the copyright guidelines. People are much more likely to read the offical guidelines than dig up and digest discussion in an old thread.

                          Its clear that some people have tracked down the artist, asked for and got permission to use the image either standalone or as part of a banner composition. Its also clear that many have not, and don't understand how taking another artists work and passing it off as their own (and getting credited for it, even if no money changes hands) is a clear copyright violation.
                          Last edited by Nantonos; October 11th, 2004, 05:33 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Badwidth Theft

                            Since I personally Have had a couple concerns with it on the fourm the past few weeks... I thought I might post a few links on the subject on how it is wrong and should not be done ...






                            • #15
                              As a final post from me for a time... i am very sorry i had linked to a graphic..I did not know I had, and i really do not understand the thing at all..... I wil publicly apologize... I did fix the one in question..if there are further violations..I will correct them...bye
                              Leonard will never be free
                              Rumors of my demise are a bit premature... so far
                              I'm sort of back!!!!