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Old 01-12-2012, 06:03 AM
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Default Copyright issues

There's a potential threat to every website out there under the SOPA legislation. This is not a debate or argument, it's an acknowledgement of the potential for that legislation to make life very difficult for this site.

You know, to the extent of taking the site down and stuff.

For years, in the same way that everyone else has managed, we've been content with links to articles and a small snippet of text quoted from the linked article etc. This was done under the auspices of 'fair use' in the copyright legislation. It's not a right, but rather a defence in case someone got shirty. That's a risk that's proved to be worth taking.

However, with the potential for SOPA coming along and buggering up all the fun, we've got a situation where this site could be taken offline for one member doing just that. In short, if you're linking an article, please don't post copy from it as well. If we see it in future, we're just going to erase the copy and paste, more or less on sight until we know more about what we're dealing with.

Quite frankly, there's no point in giving us all a link and then pasting what it says there anyway.

We're approaching a million posts. I don't want to have to trawl through the archives to edit out anything containing copy from other sites, you know what I'm saying?

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