(Note: This webpage is under
construction. Copyright laws have been clearly developed over the
years for hard copy publications. However, with the advent of the
computer and ease of copying information, there have been many
issues concerning this.)
Copyright Law of the United
States of America
and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States
Introduction About Bandwidth &
When an item is Cut and Pasted into a Yahoo group thread from a
source site without being saved first on your home computer, the
result is that every time the page opens, Yahoo also pulls the
item from the original source site to display it. This uses the
bandwidth of the Source site, sometimes dramatically (if an item
is popular, or copied many places).
Most sites monitor the number of times an Item is pulled and
compare it to the number of times the pages (these items exist
on) are pulled. The difference is called bandwidth theft.
Some sites like PhotoBucket don't mind at all if you store
graphics and other items and then include them in your posts on
Yahoo or any other site. You could have your own server just for
storing graphics as well.
In most cases the Fair Use clause of Title 17 of the US CODE
makes an easy loophole in Copyright law, IF your purpose for
reprinting the item is educational... AND no money is
exchanged for use of the item. It is still a good idea to ask
the Copyright Owner for permission and save this permission on
your website/Group. Permission trumps proof of purpose.
Adhering to the rules about stealing Bandwidth is very important
and Yahoo is cracking down on groups that are involved in
Explaining this as simply as possible....
If you go to a site and copy a page with images included and
then go directly to groups and post them in a message box. The
text itself is not bandwidth theft, but if images are included,
THAT IS bandwidth theft. In order to use those images and NOT
violate bandwidth policies ... right click on the image, save it
to your own computer and then upload it to a photo album on your
group. You can also just use the text part of the page and just
copy and paste it (images and all) into your notepad on your
computer. It will automatically take the image out of the text
portion and then you copy and paste it back again into the group
If a group is found to be in violation, of the bandwidth policy,
they can and will be shut down. Why is this such a serious
Because people PAY for that bandwidth that is being stolen and
it gets VERY expensive! I am certain that if any of us were
maintaining a website where we were paying for the privilege we
would not appreciate being put in the position of having it
ALSO, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND ABOUT COPYRIGHT TOO. Any copyrights
should be included in posts if it is known where they come from.
If you don't know who wrote it, then please say so in the post.
If you have snagged it from another group, please include the
original copyright info (original author) with the post and if
you remember, also include the group where you got it. This is a
simple courtesy, but currently not a copyright infringment.
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Copyright Issues on the Internet and here is the first page
Jun 23, 2009 ... This discussion
addresses US copyright issues of concern to those
... text are ever more easily found on the internet
with search engines. ...
An attempt to answer common myths about
copyright seen on the net and cover issues
related to copyright and USENET/Internet
publication. - by Brad Templeton ...
Copyright and the Internet
is still in a state of flux and many issues are not
... Copyrighted works on the Net include new s
stories, software, novels, ...
There are many different opinions about
copyright issues and information found on the Internet.
Many of them aren't based on fact or on the actual copyright
The results of the debate on the
copyright issues will seriously affect social, political,
economic, and cultural implications of the Internet and
With the advent of online instruction, the
issues have only become more complex. How does
educational fair use apply on the Internet? ...
A look at some of the bleeding edge
issues involving software and the Net. info. Get
up to speed on the basics of Copyright Law. Top
Nov 23, 2004 ... Copyright Issues:
Multimedia and Internet Resources. Using & Creating
... I found it on the Internet. Digitizing analog
What this article can do is alert you to
legal issues which might arise out of ... "Fair
use" of Internet resources by teachers should probably
parallel use ...
Tips for the Internet: Whenever feasible, ask the
owner of the copyright for permission. Keep a copy of
your request for permission and the ...
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