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  • Is there a lawyer in the house?

    Anybody know what the internet copyright laws are regarding posting somebody elses artwork and photos and maps etc on the net?
    For example suppose we're answering a question in Armchair General about say the Battle of Shiloh, can we search for a pic on the net (for example an artists depiction of the battle) and put it in our post to add a bit of colour and interest?
    Same with photos and maps, can we post a photo of a Sherman in Normandy, or a map of the Anzio beachead that we've found on the net?

    Oh, and how about using a scanner to lift pics and stuff out of books and posting them in forums, is that allowed?

    My interpretation of the net copyright laws is that its okay to do all the above as long as you're not trying to make money from it, is that right?

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    Under UK law copyright material sent over the Internet or stored on web servers will generally be protected in the same way as material in other media. Anyone wishing to put copyright material on the Internet, or distribute or download material that others have placed on the Internet, should ensure that they have the permission of the owners of rights in the material unless copyright exceptions or defences apply. Of course, you do not need to obtain permission if the owner explicitly states that copying is permitted – and many website owners do this. But be sure that in doing this you are not breaching someone else’s copyright.
    You should note that the law may be different in other countries so copyright material may have been put on the Internet in other countries without infringing copyright there, but it could still be illegal to use (including download that material) without permission in the UK.
    Hope this may help.

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    • #3
      Check the FAQ for the forums - we have something on copyright in there.

      Dr. S.
      Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
        Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.
        Incidentally mate, this above in your sig sounds intriguing but what does it mean exactly?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Poor Old Spike View Post
          Incidentally mate, this above in your sig sounds intriguing but what does it mean exactly?
          It's a quote from the TV series Hyperdrive. It's a threat of eternal dire punishment issued by the XO of the ship who is a borderline psychopath.

          Dr. S.
          Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

          www.sinisterincorporated.co.uk

          www.tabletown.co.uk

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          • #6
            Must be an English thing.
            Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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