[thelist] Copyright Liability Question

Arlen.P.Walker at jci.com Arlen.P.Walker at jci.com
Fri Jul 26 10:25:01 CDT 2002

>AFAIK (As far as I know):
>If you post it as "News" and cite the source and date, etc. - the info is
>the public domain and can be quoted.  TV News does it every night -
>something released to the public.

Actually, they quote from and summarize, which falls under "fair use." They
can't read the entirety of a document on the news (aside from the ratings
drop that would ensue) without the copyright holder's permission. Example:
They can give the score and statistics of a baseball game (even quote from
the game, you know, "highlights") freely on the sports report, but they
have to pay to show the entire game.

To help with further questions, here's some useful resources on US

http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html   (Brad Templeton is name you
may have heard before. EFF, for instance?)
http://fairuse.stanford.edu/   (Stanford University's great resource)
http://www.loc.gov/copyright/circs/circ1.html  (Explanations from the
horse's mouth, so to speak.)
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/   (The Actual Law Itself)

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen.P.Walker at JCI.Com
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