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Our Fair Use Standards Policy

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 19:42:55 PM EST

(There are a lot of new users lately.  Here is our fair use policy.  Please follow it.  If you don't you will be banned. It is I that will be sued by the copyright holders not you. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Just a quick housekeeping item.  I've seen posts lately that are just wholesale postings of other people's work with no blockquoting, and no linking.  That's not blogging that's stealing content.  It's happened enough that I wanted to make a statement to clarify our policy.

First off what is "Fair-Use", Wikipedia defines "Fair-Use" as:

Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as use for scholarship or review. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test. The term "fair use" originated in the United States, but has been added to Israeli law as well; a similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.

In blogging and especially at this blog it will mean that you must link to the source article, and you may only use at most four paragraphs of the linked article.  This will give you plenty of copy to wet our appetite for the article.  

Now of course there are exceptions. If you want to counter an article or blog post point for point, you may break the article up and comment on each section.  That is fair use.  The Angelic One often does this.

If you have formatting questions I refer you to our handy dandy html tag guide or better yet our differently winged friends at BMG have a really good soapblox tutorial on their site.  I would also appreciate it if we would standardize on the blockquote standard for quoting, instead of italics, this is more a style guide and less of a requirment.

This post will be linked to in the posting instruction dialogue and in the About Us box.  I and the other editors are serious about enforcement.  It's me that will get sued not you.

Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno :: Our Fair Use Standards Policy
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Thanks benwhetmore (0.00 / 0)

"Never Head of Michael Graham." - Gabriel Gomez.

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yea, I considered that when I posted it (0.00 / 0)

no justice, no peace.

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apparently Cool Cal hates proper word usage and spelleng (0.00 / 0)
thanks for the downvote.

no justice, no peace.

[ Parent ]
It was off-topic (5.00 / 1)
EaBo is trying too highlight a big issue for this website, and you're citing an obscure word usage that about 6 people still use.

Much like Centre, and Colour, Whet has passed on into the graveyard of the english language.

Stay on topic.

Follow me on Twitter?  Sure, why not.

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nothing's obscure on the internets (0.00 / 0)
And the other 5 people who use the word correctly are all RMG readers, so perhaps you should just play like a champion.

no justice, no peace.

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It's "the Internet" not "internetS" (5.00 / 1)
Internet is already Plural.  There's no need for an "s" at the end.

You lose a check mark.

Follow me on Twitter?  Sure, why not.

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Ooh cool words (0.00 / 0)
As proper elucidation is far from being a mere superfluity I shall endeavor to earn your approbation as it will fill me with ineffable joy.

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Thank you Cool Cal (0.00 / 0)
I am in full agreement with Cool Cal.

Molon Labe

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This will be strictly enforced. (0.00 / 0)

"The prediction here is that RMG will peter out in a couple of months." - Adam Reilly, 2/28/2007

Someday, I will learn how to post photographs. (0.00 / 0)
I have a really good one of Charlie Baker at a rod and gun club standing user the heads of deer and ibex (?).

Yr. Obedient Servant, Peter Porcupine, Republican

Ebo - can you post how to post pictures (0.00 / 0)
I have a good one of the patrick people ignoring the rules as usual.

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I wouldn't mind a quick tutorial on this - (0.00 / 0)
the way I did it was a giant p.i.t.a. - it can't be that convoluted!

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. - H. L. Mencken

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"It's me that will get sued not you" - EaBo (0.00 / 0)
Come on guys EaBo is right.

I mean all it takes is one goof ball to rip off someone elses work, post it up here, and then rat themself out to the original author, get EaBo busted!


Molon Labe

It's THAT EASY??? (0.00 / 0)

Yr. Obedient Servant, Peter Porcupine, Republican

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