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As writers and readers, we take copyright seriously. The rule of thumb here in the forum is to allow 200 to 300 words from a novel-length work, 100 to 150 words from a lengthy non-fiction article, long blog, short story or equivalent, and only a short sentence or single line from a shorter work. Short poems and song lyrics are especially difficult. Essentially, they can't be quoted at all, either in a message or in your forum signature. The source of material taken from a copyrighted work should be cited appropriately.

Photographs and drawings are copyrighted material, too. Unless you took the photo or made the drawing yourself, or have permission from the person who did, you can't post it on the Forum.

Material from web pages (including photographs) should generally be referred to by providing a link to the original source, rather than copying the material directly into your message or attaching it as a file. When possible, use embedded links to keep your message readable.

Material from emails may not be posted on the forum, unless you wrote the email yourself or explicit permission to repost is given in the email. Likewise, the contents of private messages may not be posted on the forum unless both the sender and the receiver of the private message have given permission to post it.

Messages (or screenshots of messages) and files from this forum may not be reposted elsewhere without specific permission from the author.

Quoting From an External Site

If you copy and paste text from another website in a forum message, please keep in mind the following statement from our Forum Rules, in the section on “Copyright and Fair Use”:

Remember, even a “fair use” excerpt should be properly attributed. This means that the source must be given even if the item is not copyrighted.

What do we mean by “properly attributed”? We ask everyone here to do two things:

  • You must clearly indicate in your post when you are quoting what someone else has said, and
  • You must include a link to the original source any time you quote from another website, so that others can read the quote in context for themselves. If you don't know how to post a link, see the instructions here.
a_word_about_copyright.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/19 00:47 by karen_henry