Before I pull every hair out of my old gray head, I am going to relight this thread in the hopes that all those who did not read it the first time will have another opportunity.
In keeping with that, I am going to try one more time
to get across the message that, so far, has failed to be understood by many.
Folks, please, you cannot, must not, shall not
, copy written material from any
other source to this Forum unless you have permission from the Copyright owner and
from Father Zuhlsdorf.
That includes all material that:
is sent to you Email
is contained on other Web Sites
is published by the Catholic Church
is published by any Church
is sent to you by the Pope, your Bishop, your Pastor
is cute, sweet, comical, laudable, praiseworthy
is mean spirited, anti-catholic, vicious, dishonest
is gracious, pro-catholic, benevolent, truthful
etc. etc. etc.
This list is not all inclusive.
If you did not write the material originally but it exists in some written form, it may not
be copied. Some material which does not
exist in written form is also covered under the Law.
If you did write the material but yielded ownership to any other person, entity, business, such as a publisher, it may not
There is an exception in law to this. If the material's source is of an age spelled out in the Copyright Law of the U.S. and you are copying from that source, it may be copied. I think
that age is 90 years, but I am not positive
at the moment. I am fairly certain this does not
apply to more current translations of documents originally in another language. The translation takes on its own standing in the law.
Please, every day we have to move material off the Forum because of this. We don't like to do that, especially when the material is useful.
So, here is what to do to help us avoid it.
1. Paraphrase the material and write the ideas in your own words. That does not mean to change a word here and there. It must be a paraphrase so thorough that it would not be recognized as being essentially the same as the original writing.
2. Provide a link to the Web Site where it appears if that Web Site does not disallow links.
3. Give reference to the source where it may be read by accessing that source. Do not copy it in addition to giving the source.
4. This list is not all inclusive.
There is a provision in the Copyright Law of the U.S. called "Fair Use". This provision provides that parts
of documents may be copied for academic discussion and some other purposes. "Part", as far as I know, is not defined and each instance is subject to juidicial review. Thus, you are on your own as to how much you can safely copy. The Staff of the Forum will err on the side of caution in deciding whether to remove it or not.
"Part" does not
1. The entire document
2. A major section such that the entire document becomes of no value when the "part" is read.
3. Any other definition which would exclude the idea "small part".
If you have any questions at this point, please read this thread where most questions were discussed earlier. If your question is not answered there, please ask before
copying anything to the Forum.
Please also keep in mind that this Forum is not
responsible for your violating the Law. (See: viewtopic.php?p=230#230
I believe the current penalty in the law is $20,000 (U.S. currency) per copy made. I do not know how that is applied when millions of copies are made on computer screens via the Internet. I would not wish to find out personally.
Also, Copyright Laws vary by nation, but most nations respect the Copyright Laws of other nations in a reciprocal agreement.
DISCLAIMER: I am not
an attorney. I have only done the best I can to get the point across without rendering a legal opinion
Thank you for your kind attention.