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Re: Hyperlinks are not enough!

From: <Sptseditor@aol.com>

> The whole copyright issue when it comes to texts and newspaper
> works has come to the forefront in the past 10 years or so.
> Technically, by photocopying those newspaper articles, you are
> breaking copyright regulations.

The question is will anyone really ever exert those rights?  Do they really
even care about the informal "passing around" of an article.  I would say
they do not.

And again, this informal swap of information IS different than posting it on
a web site....which is, in effect a somewhat-permament use.

> Beginning in the early 1990s, I remember signs popping up in Staples
> and OfficeMax locations reminding customers that photocopying
> portions of text books was illegal and you could be prosecuted.

There were signs popping up in libraries too...and librarians were getting a
primer in the issues involved.

However, again, this is just a modern equivalent of passing around a news
clipping or feature article to your staff or a club.

I don't think they care.

Sort of like MP3's.....no one is gonna raid your computer....no one is going
to have a problem with informal swapping amongst friends...it's when they
are being mass-produced and distributed so as to affect the value of the
originator that they exert their copyright.

OK...I'm done.


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