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Danustouch
January 7th, 2002, 12:59 PM
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Copyright Issues / Fair Use Policy
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 (provided graciously by amberlaine - and yes, I have the authors permission to post it ). This policy will be enforced by our Copyright Police team. Whenever a post is in violation of this fair use policy it will be edited! Thats important folks...so 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 50 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.


Got a question? Pm the Copyright Police team. Member name is CopyrightPolice. Or email copyrightviolations@mysticwicks.com.

Thanks!