Old Business-Copyright

Subject: Old Business-Copyright
From: Harold Snyder <ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM1 -dot- BITNET>
Date: Tue, 23 May 1995 08:55:16 EDT

On Monday, Bev Parks posted a note about someone else who had posted a
message on another list that dealt with a personal experience that closed:

>Finally this whole posting is copyright(ed) and may not be reproduced in
>whole or in part by any party, especially not by a journalist or their

Although that post was placed in the public domain, sayin' so ain't th'
same thang as bein' so!8-)

The same Copyright Law that provides authors the rights to what they have
written also gives others "fair use" of that same material, and even a
statement like appears above can't change that.

The Copyright Law also prescribes that when copyright holders give or
grant their permission for others to use their material (and the conditions
the material can be used), the copyright holders relinquish any
protection of their right afforded by the Copyright Law. This is why some
folks suggest getting permission before using copyrighted material.

That statement is sort of like the statement made by somebody out west: I'm
not liable for any injuries others sustain while on my property. The courts
have ruled otherwise.

(As he stepped slowly down from the soap box, he humbly apologized for
having been so long winded and resurrecting the copyright thread).

Hope your Tuesday is great.

Best regards,


+ Hal Snyder, Professor of English | Technical Editing; Business, +
+ Dept. of English (GCB 2115) | Scientific, and Technical Writing +
+ East Carolina University | ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM -dot- CIS -dot- ECU -dot- EDU +
+ Greenville, NC 27858-4353 | ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM1 or Voice 919/328-6669 +

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