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Re: copyright information
From Jim on 20 Jan '99
replying to copyright information posted by Lisa

>Could someone please tell me if the following is an infringement on
>copyright laws? I want to use some tips on my "Help Page" that I
>got from a book. The book is available at any public library. The
>tips will either have footnotes to a "works cited" section at the
>bottom of the webpage or I will place a disclaimer at the top of the
>page giving full credit to the book. Any advice would be greatly
>appreciated.

Most webmasters think "well, who's gonna know, and who cares
anyway?" but make no mistake, what you intend to do is illegal
under *international* laws.

The book will have a copyright notice in it that will tell you exactly
what you can and can't do with the text. It'll probably say that you
need explicit permission from the publisher/author to reproduce any of
the text.

Using copyright text without permission is the same thing as walking
into a book shop, ripping a page out of a book and walking out again
without paying. You'd probably get away with it, but that doesn't make
it legal or moral.

Later on, when you've put a lot of time and effort into writing your
own original copy that people enjoy reading, you'll come to understand
and fully appreciate why copyright laws exist.

I don't mean to berate, only educate.




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