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Date:November 12th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)

Re: A little confused

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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