Reminder to Posting Members

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Please remember the importance of citing the source of the information you post with a link back to the original data. None of us want to infringe on copyrighted source material but the wide disbursal of information on the internet leaves us all wondering at times what we are free to post and what requires citation. This is a topic that has been under discussion among the staff.

    When using the copy/paste method of posting, always check for a copyright notice on the original site. If one exists, summarize the material and link to the original.. If no copyright is noted, as a courtesy to both the author and the reader, a link back to the original content is always appreciated. As a reader, I frequently want to delve deeper into a subject and a link can be helpful.
  2. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    Basically what I was told, so now you get the link with company info at the bottom.
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  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Most forum sites use or abide by the Fair Use act which basically consists of:
    Your post must have the link where the articles came from and "snip" part of the article (approximately 500-800 words). It's legal to link and use "part" of the article...the only time there is any trouble is when entire articles are ripped and the website owner logs a DMCA complaint.

    This is important that us as posters use this practice. I have been guilty also but we need to protect ourselves and the site.

    Fair Use in Copyright (BitLaw)
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2015
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  4. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Note that it is not mandatory to link to the article but is a courtesy.
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Does this mean you can post any content, in whole, that is less 800 words in length?
  6. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I looked at other web sites across the board and I saw many different formats. One site only allowed you post the link only and this was due to issues with infringement and DMCA complaints. I do not think the monkey has a word limit policy but from the link I posted:
    Use some and link.
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  7. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Never in whole.
    The point of fair use it to allow quotation so the information can be used/cited when presenting argument for educational discourse.
    Why do you think teachers don't photocopy entire text books and rarely even whole pages?

    What Is Fair Use?
    Most fair use analysis falls into two categories: (1) commentary and criticism, or (2) parody.

    Commentary and Criticism
    If you are commenting upon or critiquing a copyrighted work — for instance, writing a book review — fair use principles allow you to reproduce some of the work to achieve your purposes. Some examples of commentary and criticism include:

    • quoting a few lines from a Bob Dylan song in a music review
    • summarizing and quoting from a medical article on prostate cancer in a news report
    • copying a few paragraphs from a news article for use by a teacher or student in a lesson, or
    • copying a portion of a Sports Illustrated magazine article for use in a related court case

    Sorry BT....i forgot that they didn't have photocopiers or even ball point pens when you were in school.
    /me dips feather in ink:

  8. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    This is a great site and well worth reading. See the "SEATTLE GOES THROUGH GARBAGE..." in Tin Foil Hat Lounge.

    Steal our Stuff! is delighted to share its content with your readers. Here’s how you can do that:

    • Print publications may reprint our stories in their entirety with appropriate attribution — our reporter’s name and “From” For example, “By Melissa Smith | From”
    • Digital publications (even those that are digital platforms for related print publications) may print a reasonable portion of the story followed by a “read more” link to the full story on the website. Same guidelines for attribution apply here — for example, “By Melissa Smith | From”
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Citations are greatly cuts down on time and effort in fact checking. It also helps to identify whose argument is being used...the person citing the supporting article, or the author of the article that's being cited.
  10. leeflynn55

    leeflynn55 Monkey

    Good to know, thanks!
  11. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    I'm but a child to BT, but we had mimeograph machines up until high school.

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  12. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    ...Stone tablets....
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  13. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Well there was that Papyrus stage.
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  14. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    /me Ruffles paperwork...
    /me gestures to the CoC that has been preached @me.
    Stay on topic u fossil farts!
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  15. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Lighten up MG. Its a new year, why not let a little light into your life
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