Forum FAQs, maintenance, how-to help => Forum FAQs and problem solving => Topic started by: Martin X. Moleski, SJ on June 01, 2013, 11:22:37 AM

Title: Copyright law, netiquette, self-restraint, and integrity
Post by: Martin X. Moleski, SJ on June 01, 2013, 11:22:37 AM
TIGHAR asserts copyrights over all original material that it makes available on this website: "No portion of the TIGHAR Website may be reproduced by xerographic, photographic, digital or any other means for any purpose. No portion of the TIGHAR Website may be stored in a retrieval system, copied, transmitted or transferred in any form or by any means, whether electronic, mechanical, digital, photographic, magnetic or otherwise, for any purpose without the express, written permission of TIGHAR. All rights reserved.

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  If TIGHAR wants its copyrights to be respected, it must respect the copyrights asserted by others.

Copyright law prohibits publishing material that is not in the public domain.

It does not matter whether the republication is for profit or not.  The one who creates the material holds the copyright implicitly from the moment the material is created.

Portions of printed material and snippets of songs or films may be incorporated into critical essays, parodies, or other forms of documentation or presentation so long as the excerpts do not substantially reproduce the whole work.

The fact that images may appear on other websites does not cause them to become part of the public domain.  Posters should be cautious about using images from other sites unless they are morally certain that the copyright holder permits such usage.

We should give credit where credit is due.  Links should be provided to show where images or quotations come from so that other readers can find their way to the original context and see for themselves if the image used or material quoted has been treated fairly.

Ever since the internet was in its infancy, there have been arguments about how copyright law applies to the internet.  We may be able to add links to such conversations in this thread as time goes on.