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February 24, 2008


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--Neither Peacay nor I profit from our blogs--

Technically speaking that's not quite true. I would think in the eyes of a court it is a 'yes' or 'no' situation with regards deriving any income. The argument that it's only some small scale advertising/referral would be as spurious in the eyes of the law as insisting on derivation rights after purchasing a book.

As I say, it's a technical point, but, from my perspective, incredibly important - I must rely on the good graces of source repositories, careful attribution and, hopefully, a consistent track record, to do that which I do without attracting nefarious interest.

Actually, thinking about it, I imagine the income part wouldn't affect things much with me. Most licensing from libraries etc allows for personal use but usually does't allow republishing such as with a website. It all funnels into the need for 'respectful conduct' I suppose.

Lee Kottner

The argument that it's only some small scale advertising/referral would be as spurious in the eyes of the law as insisting on derivation rights after purchasing a book.

That's true, in the absolutism of the law, but it does seem to make a difference to many people and organizations, when it comes to reproducing digital images on the web. I suspect that's part of the reason you remain in the good graces of the repositories you cite. Usually, it's the lawyers who get het up about casual file sharing, not so much the copyright owners. Not always the case, I know, but there are cooler heads who have a better grasp of the spirit of the law, rather than insisting only on its letter.

"Respectful conduct" as you call it, is always a good idea, because the other kind ruins it for the rest of us.

Jamie R Lentzner

Thanks for the link to my blog - you say it so much more elloquently that I did in my post(s). I still do not understand how people could be so dumb and assume it is free - people amaze me. Great post!

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