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Copyright & Forums. What to do?

#1
Hey all,

Do you guys follow and enforce US copyright laws on your forums? For example do you allow users to copy paste whole articles onto your forum? Are we allowed to do this or is it out of the scope of fair use? Are forum owners or users responsible for copyright infringement?
 
#2
Don't know if I am right or wrong but, if a member C&P's text that belongs to A.N.Other onto my forum, I ask them to link to the original author and give credit to that author too.
If they don't, I'll remove the post and politely inform the member that they are infringing copyright law and ask them not to do that on my forum, unless they follow my request to give credit where credit is due.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#3
I'm not sure how relevant it is to be concerned about US copyright, surely you need to think about copyright internationally.

I certainly don't allow copy and pasting of large chunks of other websites.

In addition to infringing copyrights, it's also quite likely to be bad for SEO.
 

tajhay

Well-known member
#4
Allow it with a link to the original source of the article.

People who just post links without an extract have their posts deleted.
People who post extract/full article without the link have their posts deleted.
 

Mark87

Active member
#5
Hey all,

Do you guys follow and enforce US copyright laws on your forums? For example do you allow users to copy paste whole articles onto your forum? Are we allowed to do this or is it out of the scope of fair use? Are forum owners or users responsible for copyright infringement?
Been through this many times, I do have in my forum rules to link sources of articles etc. However worst case scenario is someone asks you to remove that article and content. As for the 2nd part..if your rules say source the article etc and the user doesn't it's on them not you. ( Actually did some research on all this once).
 
#6
Been through this many times, I do have in my forum rules to link sources of articles etc. However worst case scenario is someone asks you to remove that article and content. As for the 2nd part..if your rules say source the article etc and the user doesn't it's on them not you. ( Actually did some research on all this once).
thats not really the worst case. The worst case is that you never hear from the author, so that may sound good, but google
will see that you have duplicate content, source link or not, you are not adding anything new, just re-hashing content....
so rather then getting the best rank you could get, you end up with a lower ranking, or it just drops out of site all together...

I have had duplicate content before, some posts never got indexed at all, other posts took a noise dive in rankings....
One month I have a site making decent income, and the next month the math was easily to count, all zero's....
It can take sometime to get into the mix of the traffic, and it just takes google 1 min to remove you from index.....

The worst stories I hear is when people say "someone stole my content, now they are
ranking higher then I am..." They are not ranking higher because they stole your content,
they are ranking higher simply because they have more authority in their site, and
they are simply using your own content against you. Google gives much more authority
to sites that are in the position of authority, then sites that struggle to get there, and to make things worse, google often turns a blind eye, and authority sites can get away with
things that non-authority sites would never get away with in the eyes of google.
 
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Joe.

Active member
#7
Allow it with a link to the original source of the article.
^This. It seems to be an unwritten rule in the forum world that most people abide by.

Typically if someone posts an article without a link to the source, people will be asking where the source link is. They won't believe the article is legit and credible if that piece of the puzzle is missing.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#10
It would be if I was in Europe..that ruling doesn't effect me or my site.
Isn't the ruling merely an interpretation of a law that is very similar worldwide? It doesn't mean something has suddenly become illegal in the EU when it wasn't before, or that copyright infringements are legal outside the EU.

All a test case means is that the infringement
becomes a bit easier to prosecute. I would think that possibly the ruling would be cited by prosecuting lawyers worldwide.
 

Mark87

Active member
#12
Isn't the ruling merely an interpretation of a law that is very similar worldwide? It doesn't mean something has suddenly become illegal in the EU when it wasn't before, or that copyright infringements are legal outside the EU.

All a test case means is that the infringement
becomes a bit easier to prosecute. I would think that possibly the ruling would be cited by prosecuting lawyers worldwide.
US case law is fairly clear on the matter.
 

Mark87

Active member
#13
Do you need to be in Europe? If your website is accessible from Europe, doesn't it affect you? Yeah, they're unlikely to extradite you to the Hague but still... :p
I run a Wisconsin sports site... none of my content has EU ties etc. Seriously this affects me not one bit.
 

Mark87

Active member
#15
I've just visited your website. I'm in the EU.
Obviously you can visit and read it all over the world. The point is there is no content from the EU there...if any site isn't using content/stories/links from the EU then the EU laws mean zip to them. I have been through all the "copyright" issues here in the US. The case law is clear. It doesn't effect me at this time regardless of what you all think.
 

RobParker

Well-known member
#16
Obviously you can visit and read it all over the world. The point is there is no content from the EU there...if any site isn't using content/stories/links from the EU then the EU laws mean zip to them. I have been through all the "copyright" issues here in the US. The case law is clear. It doesn't effect me at this time regardless of what you all think.
The whole point is it's a forum. The content is user-generated. Any of your users could upload "EU content".
 

n00bsaibot

Well-known member
#17
lol intellectual property owners have a hard enough time taking content down major players like Youtube, Wordpress, etc... I doubt they are going to chase down individual specialty forums, over copy/pasting an article.

That said... I also expect a link to the article. As somebody mentioned, it's just something to do if you want people to believe you.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#18
Obviously you can visit and read it all over the world. The point is there is no content from the EU there...if any site isn't using content/stories/links from the EU then the EU laws mean zip to them.
But EU and US copyright laws are very similar.

If people link to or upload US content that they don't own the rights to it is still illegal. It really boils down to what people get away with in spite of the law. And will they continue to get away with those infringements.

Companies such as Universal and Getty will love the fact that an EU precedent was set, I imagine on the back of it US lawyers will be sharpening their knives and studying the arguments.
 

Lawrence

Well-known member
#19
The EU has no authority.

I run a very small role playing site, and if my lack of a cookie notice or intellectual property whatever offends anyone from the EU what is going to happen, the following? Dear Justin Trudeau, we know that human rights, terrorism, and carbon emissions are top priorities for you, however; the lack of compliance for this web site that is owned by a Canadian, and located in the USA is a top priority for us. Fine them, and throw the owner in prison for no less than 20 years to make our people feel safer, thank-you. Oh crap, a car full of explosives just went off, and we have to go... but before we do, again his web site's non-compliance is far far worse, deal with it for the sanity and safety of our people.

Seriously, who gives a rat's ass what the EU is trying to dictate.

They are only doing that everyone else has been fighting against, bullying.
 

Robust

Well-known member
#20
I think there's a whole lot of misunderstanding on how the EU operates. As far as I know, but I am not a lawyer, if your content reaches an EU member state you must comply with these laws. The same way US companies are required to follow EU MOSS, for example.