It's not always easy to know what constitutes "fair use" under copyright law, and the advent of electronic media such as the web has added complexity to the situation. See, for instance: Norderhaug, T. & Oberding, J. (1995). Designing a Web of Intellectual Property. In Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, 27 (6), pp. 1037-46, also available on the web as Designing a Web of Intellectual Property:
Intellectual property law is often described as being an archaic device most appropriately suited to the protection of tangible goods. In recent years, the legislators have attempted to stretch the application of copyright to cover on-line media. Recent efforts to control copyright infringement in the U.S. has resulted in legislation which fails to grasp the essential nature of the electronic medium. John Perry Barlow is right on the point when he states that Intellectual property law cannot be patched, retrofitted or expanded to contain digitized expression any more than real estate law might be revised to cover the allocation of broadcasting spectrum.Considerations of fair use in the area of citations include:
1. The purpose and character of the use
2. The nature of the work
3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole
4. The effect of use on the market for value.
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Copyright holders are invited to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if they feel we are infringing on their rights, and we will take appropriate action.
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