Copyright and Fair Use Notice

Many people like the articles I publish in – so much so that they wish to republish them on their own sites, blogs, or publications. If you wish to republish any content, here’s what you need to know…

  1. My content is all protected by copyright, including my Webfeed. Yes, copyright protection does indeed apply to the content of webfeeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) and weblogs. It’s all intellectual property. If you’re not sure what that means, read What Is Copyright and pay particularly close attention to the section “Copyrights and the Internet.” Here’s a brief salient excerpt from that backgrounder:

    1. Public domain – not! When visiting a web site, it is so easy to click and save with a mouse button… The general (and incorrect) notion is that anything that is on the internet is public domain and may be taken without permission from the creator/owner. Some people actually think (incorrectly) that just because bits of web pages may be stored in one’s cache, or because certain browsers allow one to do ‘file save as’ moves or anything similar one may use such material as one wishes. This is false. Just because your driveway is not inside of your house, is it in the public domain? Does that give anybody off the street the right to stay on your driveway without your permission, even if they can see it from the street, or easily access it? The same basic principle applies to material published on the internet. Material found on the web may be copied freely only if the information is created by the (i) federal government, (ii) if the copyright has expired or (iii) the copyright has been abandoned by the holder.”

  2. I allow free republication of certain content of my Blog and/or webfeed content ONLY, with appropriate attribution and links. This means that if you want, you can republish on your Web site or other venue, without prior permission, the text and links contained in my Blog or webfeed – as long as you do not edit or modify that text, attribute it clearly to Jason S of, and leave all links intact as originally presented (including the links to the full-text version of that article).

  3. You are NOT allowed to republish the full text of any article without prior and specific written permission from Jason S. Just e-mail me to ask permission. There are no exceptions to this policy – and it doesn’t matter if you attribute the article to me. Unauthorized republication of my work is always a theft of my intellectual property, even if your intentions are good. People who choose to violate my copyright in this fashion will be subject to a fine and possible public humiliation. Please don’t try it.

  4. You are allowed to freely quote BRIEF EXCERPTS of my articles without prior written permission. All such quotes must be limited to half the article word count or four paragraphs as originally formatted, whichever is shorter. You must attribute all such quotes to Jason S of, and provide a link back to the original article on my site where the quote appears. If you wish to excerpt a greater amount of my writing, please e-mail me to ask permission.

    1. “Fair use” and excerpts: Here’s what the US Copyright Office has to say on the subject of using brief quotes from copyrighted works without permission:

      1. “The distinction between ‘fair use’ and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission. The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples of activities that courts have regarded as fair use: ‘quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author?s observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported.’”

      2. …So because the law is unclear on the length of acceptable fair use quotes, I’m being more specific here regarding my own content.

      3. What Happens If you still steal my content?

      4. Usually, I follow Lorelle VanFossen and Darren to tackle content theft.

      5. Remember: Stealing content is a criminal offense according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is a punishable offense.

      6. Note: All content is copyrighted to Jason S and is NOT released under Creative Common license.

That’s all. Any questions, just e-mail me. Thanks for respecting my copyright.

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