Subject: Re: is it ok if I quote?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 21 Sep 2002 15:13:45 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Pascal Costanza <>
|There's the concept of fair use 

  I have already covered the Fair Use Doctrine.  Do I have to repeat
  everything I say with every post?

| You don't need to ask for permission to cite a text.

  If you truly believe this, you have copyright infringement lawsuits coming
  your way.  Let me know how you feel about it after your first meeting with
  the lawyers for the intellectual property owner.

| If you want people to refrain from citing your work you have to explicitly
| state this, for example in a copyright statement.  But even if you do that
| there's a limited amount of fair use that is still allowed.

  The Fair Use Doctrine applies /because/ every published text is already
  protected by copyright.  There are lots of things copyright do not protect,
  but you have to understand these issues before you burn yourself.

  In particular, quoting people's articles on Usenet is a very good example of
  the Fair Use Doctrine at work -- but moving some material to a different
  medium that the one in which it was previously published is restricted.
  That is the gist of my argument.  Get a book on copyright law and study it.
  I suggest «The Illustrated Story of Copyright» by Edward Samuels as a good
  starting point.  Making mistakes in this area is extremely painful.  Err on
  the side of caution, but know what your rights, meaning specifically, what
  no one can legally stop you from doing.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.