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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 8th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)

Re: A little confused

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Thank you for clarification. The only place I had read any of the copyright information was at www.copyright.com. On the FAQ page, the wording seemed like you couldn't file for copyright infringement without. Thank you for posting the other link as well. I apologize for how silly my questions have been. All the information was very helpful. First because of all this, I started wondering if I should apply for a copyright on some things I have written, second, I started wondering if, since some of the papers I have been working on for school I quoted and cited copyright material if I had been doing something wrong and was never told. Third I thank Monica for posting all this so that others, like myself, can learn from it all.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 8th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)

Re: A little confused

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You don't have to apply - copyright is automatic. The benefits of registering is that you can get more money when you sue.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)

Re: A little confused

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Useless in a court by itself. If you have published, and your publisher doesn't register copyright on your behalf, do it yourself. That costs $35 and gives you statutory damage if you need to sue. The freebie options are useless.
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From:inquisitiveravn
Date:November 12th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)

Re: A little confused

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Academic papers tend to fall under fair use. Now exactly what qualifies as fair use is a bit fuzzy, but in general you're in the clear if:

1) You cite your source
2) You use only a small part of the source. A paragraph or two is usually acceptable. Ganking the whole thing is not. Exactly where in-between is acceptable tends to be handled on a case by case basis in the courts and probably depends in part on the size of the work being used.
3) You are commenting on or discussing the material used. I think parody and satire are also generally found to be fair use in the courts, at least in the US, which explains all the Downfall parodies.
4) You're not making money off it.

So, Ms. Griggs passed the first test in that she cited her source. She failed the remaining tests miserably in that she published the whole thing (2) without comment (3) in the hopes of making money from advertising. (4)
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