To hold a copyright means that you, and you alone, have the RIGHT to COPY. In the U.S., every piece can have a variety of copyrights, specifying a particular venue in which that copyright holder may copy, but let's not confuse the basic issue.
not "right to copy, so long as I provide
credit". It's "right to copy",
period. If you're not the copyright holder
on a piece, you do not have the right to copy it
without permission from the copyright holder.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO LISTERS.
When you create something tangible, you hold
the copyright to it. Sending it to
Thinkers-International, as per the
instructions for sending posts to this list,
is an implicit permission for
Thinker-International to send it to the
list-at-large, and any other parts
associated with this list, like the
archives. Nowhere else. It's not
permission for the rest of us to forward it
out of the list. Retaining our own
archives for our own, personal use has
always been allowed, which is why there's
copy machines in libraries and the like.
subscribing to the list, we're implicitly
giving our word that we will not make
copies of list posts beyond those four
you want to bring in someone else's
copyrighted work, you have to ASK PERMISSION
from the group owner before sending it to
Thinkers-International Then, when you
send it along, include a statement of
permission identifying who granted it and
under what conditions. Many copyright
holders have their own boilerplate
permissions; if you get one of those, use that
instead of your own words. Sometimes, a
work itself includes the permissions; include
that, then, when you forward.
WHAT ABOUT FAIR USE?
question. U.S. copyright law allows
for minor verbatim quotes from a copyrighted
work, without permission, for the purpose of
education, review, commentary, and so
forth. That's how, f'r'instance, it's
cool for us to quote pieces of other
people's posts when we reply to them:
we're copying just a part, for the purpose
of commentary. That means it's also
cool to quote, say, a few pertinent lines
from an article, and then give the rest of
us attribution and where we can find the
larger piece. So, when you find
something on the net that you think the rest
of us would be interested in, a much simpler
way to share it with us is to tell us about
it and give us the URL.