Who Owns the Words?
mnemonic at eff.org
Thu Mar 10 09:36:05 PST 1994
> A dilemma: if you are writing a paper, and you want to quote someone's
> posted (say, to cypherpunks) remarks, what are the obligations?
> 1) None: by posting, people make their words public domain.
> 2) No legal obligations, but it would be polite to ask permission.
> 3) Whatever is posted is de facto copyright, and the person whose
> words you took could sue you for breach of copyright.
(3) is closest to the truth. You can still quote someone within Fair Use
> Now let's shift to a MOO or IRC:
> You keep a log of a conversation. Would the same rules/customs apply
> if you wanted to include that log in a paper?
> Does it matter if the conversation was held in a private room or in a
> public place on the MOO?
> Does it matter whether the paper is written to fulfill a class
> assignment or is intended for publication in a for-profit magazine?
Yes. The former poses no copyright problems.
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