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Copyright Policies

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:07 pm
by curt
Several weeks ago, one of our members pointed out that we do not have any polcies regarding copyright, and that some postings of complete newpaper articles seemed to be in violation of copyrights as we understand them.

We, the sponsors of SpeakoutDanville, agreed with this suggestion, and resolved to update our posted policies, with input from our members. I decided to seek permission (a license) from local papers, primarily the Eagle Tribune, for our members to post ET articles verbatim here, as has happened intermittently. The reason people post ET articles verbatim, is that the ET makes many articles unavailable to non-subscribers, and even the articles that are publicly available are expired really quickly, sometimes the day after.

My hope was to publish a policy saying that copyright must be respected in general (with some specifics as to what that means), but that we had secured permission from certain papers, to be listed. To this end, I started trying to contact the ET. This was hampered by the fact that I was out of town on vacation, and there had been turnover at the ET. Then, as most of you know, other matters came to a head and had to be dealt with.

In the last several weeks, I have exchanged emails with several members on this topic, asking them to refrain from infringing on copyright, and saying much of what I wrote above.

Instead of continuing to react upon seeing specific postings, I would like to ask publicly for compliance with copyright, pending the creation and posting of a specific SoD policy.

If you would like to make people aware of an article that is on a web site, the best thing to do is to post a link back to the original site, instead of copying the text and pasting it here on SoD.

The principle of fair use allows quoting of short passages of a newspaper article. If you look at articles that have been posted in their entirety here, you will see that much of the text gives background that is already known to those who have been following the SoD discussion. So I think in most cases you gould get by with quoting just a small part of the article, if you can't post a link that makes the article available to the general public.

Please bear with us as we work through this.

If you really want to post an article in its entirety, you should feel free to obtain permission from the copyright owner on your own initiative. In that case, be sure to include "reproduced by permission" in your posting, and forward the email granting permission to

BTW, when I posted numerous articles from the Plymouth Record-Enterprise in the "Bye Bye Mike Asselin" thread, I had obtained permission from the paper. They lock up their stuff even more than the ET.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:47 am
by shawn_oneil
I find it ironic since a reporter told me that they come to SoD to obtain their information to publish a story that now we can not reference.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:02 am
by curt
Is this in connection with the upcoming story about the bridge? If so, please anybody involved, send me any current ET email addresses you have, from the reporter and/or editor. One of the problems dealing with the local papers is that there is so much staff turnover that you have to re-establish contact and give all the background all over again every several months.

I will try to get an email out by tonight.