View Full Version : ATTN: Please read BEFORE posting in this forum - Policy & Copyright Violations


jessnkat
05-23-2006, 09:16 AM
When posting in this forum anyone who is posting an article needs to please comply with the following. Make sure the whole article is not posted only an small portion of it. Also please make sure you provide a link to the article so members can read it.

Articles that aren't posted correctly will be edited to fit within complience of PTO's policys.


How do you post an article so that it is legal and does not violate PTO’s Policies?

To stay within “fair use” copyright you are allowed a brief summary and a link back to the site which the article is located. Here is an example:

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Subject: Official: E. Coli bacteria detected in floodwater

Post Content:
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Floodwater in New Orleans is contaminated with E. coli bacteria, a city official told CNN Tuesday.
The official in Mayor Ray Nagin's office declined to be identified.
The failures of the levee system after Hurricane Katrina's onslaught left about 80 percent of the city flooded with water up to 20 feet deep -- water that became a toxic mix of chemicals, garbage, corpses and human waste.

Link to full story:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/06/katrina.impact/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/06/katrina.impact/index.html)

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This is the maximum amount of text you are allowed under “fair use” laws in the United States. You are also not allowed to edit the summary or paragraph that you are using that came from the copyright holder.

I understand for some time there has been confusion about what “fair use” actually is. It has been mistakenly identified as the right to reprint the full body of content as long as there is a link back to the main article. That is false. You can only post a summary or first paragraph (limited) to the article and a link.


PTO is NOT a repository for everything that we can find on the Internet and want to add to the site. I know that we would not like other sites or media outlets copying up our content to use on their sites.