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The 'Lectric Law Library's Copyright Policy FAQ




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A 'Lectric Law Library FAQ

All original material in the library is copyrighted or otherwise restricted in its use, either by the Library or by others. Be aware that the law no longer requires a copyright notice for such intellectual property to be protected.

While the Library's general position regarding copyrights allows the reproduction and distribution of a limited amount of material from the Library for non-commercial purposes, so long as it's done free of charge and includes proper attribution and copyright notice, any such distribution is governed by the actual Copyright Policy below.


The 'Lectric Law Library's Copyright Policy

a. Subject to Applicable Law and All Conditions Below, License is Hereby Granted for You to Reproduce and Distribute, for Non-Commercial Use and Without Charge, a Limited Amount of Material from the Library.

    1. The meaning of "limited amount" is a matter of common sense, but you should contact us if more than 3 or 4 files are involved.

    2. "Non-commercial purposes" means using the material in a way that's unrelated to an activity that's intended to produce a profit. Otherwise you must get our written e-mail permission. We're liberal regarding such permissions, but we should communicate. After all, it's cheaper than lawsuits.

b. Modifications to Form and Format, Minor Editing, Corrections in Spelling or Grammar, and Removal of Extraneous Material are OK, But No Substantive Changes to the Material's Content, 'Flavor', or Meaning are Allowed.

    1. The meaning of "substantive changes" is also a matter of common sense. Say the material seriously advocates that all Republicans should be chopped up and used as penguin feed; then modification, use in a context, or editing that leads a reasonable person to think that it is just kidding, or that it advocates something else - like feeding penguins to starving Republicans - is a no-no and could cause legal action that result in you losing everything you have, will have, or ever even thought of having.

c. Attributions to Source, Author, and the Library, Plus a Copyright Notice Must Be Included.

    1. When the material has no copyright notice and was not created by the Library it should include attribution to the Library and its URL. Something like "This article/ information/ material is from the 'Lectric Law Library website at http://www.lectlaw.com" is fine.

    2. When the Material Contains a Copyright Notice It Should Include the Notice plus the above Library attribution, and any author attribution, e.g. "by John Doe, Legal Editor", should also be included.

d. Reproduction and Distribution of the Library's Original "Rooms", "Lounges", "Topic Areas" and Similar html Files and Pages, Graphics, "Look and Feel", Etc., is Prohibited Without Written Permission Except When Part of Links to, or Reviews, Writings, Discussions or Presentations About the Library.

e. Some Library Materials May Have a Notice Detailing Other, More Restrictive, Conditions of Use. Such Conditions are In Addition to, and if In Conflict With, Supersede, the Above.

f. If You Have Any Questions About this Copyright Policy, Please Contact Us by e-mail at Before Distributing any Library Material.


Changing The Subject A Bit

Given the nature of the law, the net, and our own stupidity and constant state of confusion, it's possible that we may unintentionally violate copyright or other restrictions or rights ourselves. IF YOU NOTICE ANY SUCH VIOLATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP SO THAT WE CAN QUICKLY REMEDY THE SITUATION.