I love this forum , I would hate to see it closed down because of Copyrighted Material.
The reason I am posting this is I saw someone post a thread on this forum that could possibly cause this forum to be shut down, or cost it a big hunk of money
I belong to a lot of forums (mostly gun) but have been spend a lot of my time here since I got the Volt.
All the forums have a warning regarding Copyrighted Material.
I made a copy of the waring posted on the S&W forum (I am good terms with the owner and Have visited him at his house and I doubt he would mind me posting his warning) as a example of a policy guide line that can be implemented here
The following is from the S&W forum
It has become evident that there is a new business in the USA. That business is the generation of cash awards from judgements over copyright infringement.
Companies have been formed that purchase the copyrights to materials posted on news and newspaper sites, and then simply search the net for examples of that material posted without permission.
The lines between fair usage and infringement can be vague, and, ultimately, determined by a trial jury.
So, we must now take this course:
Do NOT post copyrighted material on this board.
Not a single sentence from another website or printed material.
Remember, the whole point of these new companies is the generation of cash. Two week old newspaper articles don't usually have any intrinsic value, so this is just a money generating scheme. The news sites benefit from the sale of the rights to tomorrow's "old news", and the new companies benefit from litigation.
These companies usually go directly to filing a suit without issuing a 'cease and desist' request.
We simply won't be caught in this game.
The Rules have been edited to say this very plainly.
DON'T post it if it is copyrighted.
If you see copyrighted material posted, PLEASE report it.
If you have posted copyrighted material, please edit your post to remove it.
If your post of copyrighted material was quoted, please report that post so we can edit it.
You can expect older threads and posts containing copyrighted material to be deleted.
From this day forward, Warnings and Infractions will be issued for posting copyrighted material.
Sorry, folks, but you can expect us to take a FIRM stance on this issue.
Also be aware of this-
If this board suffers any legal fees due to copyrighted material YOU post, we will make a reasonable effort to recover those costs from YOU.