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Old 07-08-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Reposting of copyrighted content from online articles

Many of you may have heard that our fellow fan site, The Fastlane, has been hit with a lawsuit because of a review from an online publication re-posted on their website.

I'm asking that no one do this in the future here, and that if you have done it in the past, you go back and edit the posts to the link and your own commentary.

I'd do it myself but I'm in the midst of moving - the movers come in a few hours - and I simply cannot do it for you at this point. I need your cooperation.

Thanks to those who contacted me about this today, including Melissa and Lisa themselves.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Reposting of copyrighted content

I will work on finding my posts tomorrow. I have no idea what I may have posted over the years. Anyway to delete all my history? just kidding.

That was very decent of Lisa and Melissa to contact you. I can't imagine how scary that is. I mean, these are fansites, for fun and friendship... you don't think you are going to get in trouble for posting a review and including a link.

Thanks for giving us the direction to edit the posts.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Reposting of copyrighted content

You can do an advanced search within your own posts - use the search term "http://www." and that will find all your posts with links in them.

Or, you could just go back and look over the review and press threads, where almost all of this takes place.

Just delete the text you copied and pasted and leave the link. Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:38 AM   #4
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WOW--Just WOW!!! I'll do my best!
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:32 AM   #5
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Should be interesting to see how that lawsuit goes. My understanding was that only individuals were liable for their posts and that the internet hosts were protected by an act of Congress:

http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-gui...ns-decency-act

I hate to ask, but in the meantime what about copyrighted concert videos? Do you want these removed too?
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:38 AM   #6
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Reposting of copyrighted content from online articles

I don't think Soda's going to be available for the next few hours while she's moving, so let's do just the ones she's requesting to be removed for now - the articles only.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:55 AM   #7
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Reposting of copyrighted content from online articles

First of all - that was very gracious of Lisa and Melissa from the Fastlane to give Soda a headsup on this, and I hope that things work out well for them. I will, hopefully, have some time tonight and over the weekend to help out by searching the sites.

And just to reiterate - you can leave the link and your comments, but delete the review itself if you find anything.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:13 AM   #8
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Oh man! I figured if you posted the link along with the article so they would get their recognition, then it would be alright with them.

Thanks to L & M for the heads up!

I'll do my best, but it's a busy day at work today, so it may be tonight before I can get them all.
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Ok--just went thru 483 post of mine with links in them, and deleted the reviews or anything that was posted from a review or article, etc... I hope I got everything I needed to.

Soda, Dreamer-If I can help in ANY way (keep in mind-not to bright here), please don't hesitate to ask and I will try to do whatever is needed. Anything to keep us up and running and out of trouble!!
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Reposting of copyrighted content from online articles

There is some grey area in there that I'm certainly not sure about the details for.

It seems that I recall that you can quote a small part of an article to show relevance and include the link and not be in trouble for it.

I know I had one post where I quoted a part of a Rolling Stone article that mentioned Joe Walsh...but not the entire article.

Ironic.....I discovered today (much NOT to my surprise)....the few articles that I had copied in entirety are not accessible via the link that I posted to it. They have been archived by the publisher of the articles! So might as well delete the entire post.
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