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Have I Broken Copyright laws?



February 18, 2014 – Comments (6) | RELATED TICKERS: AMTD , ETFC , SCHW

1 Comments – Post Your Own#1) On February 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM, Mega (99.88) wrote:

Publishing thousands of words of other people's copyrighted material is illegal. I reported your post to TMF for copyright violation.

U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Law: Chapter 1

107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

§ 107 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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#1) On February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM, lemoneater (56.77) wrote:

valunvesthere, when it comes to copyright laws caution is key. Determining how copyright applies to the internet is a new legal specialty.To be on the safe side when I blog any content I've not written myself, I usually link to what I want to reference rather than reproducing whole paragraphs. People can still see that you are savy in your sourcing, but there is no question of improper use. Also you give a big shout out to Investopedia and show that you appreciate their high quality content.

As a for profit company MF has paid subscriptions for some of their content and also they do pay some of their bloggers so they need to be especially careful since they are both commercial and educational. CAPS is a "classroom" to me and to you, but I understand why Mega was upset. So many bloggers do not know about giving proper credit. I know as much as I do now because of being related to/friends with writers, educators, and lawyers.  


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#2) On February 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

"the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole"

You copied entire articles, thousands of words. Fair use covers a few sentences.

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#3) On February 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM, XMFTwitty (67.95) wrote:

valunvesthere, several blog posts were removed for copyright violations. You may post links and short snippets to support your own text, but not substantial portions of protected material. Here's a link to our Terms of Service:


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#4) On February 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM, awallejr (39.43) wrote:

Well feel free to use anything I have posted here ;)

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#5) On February 19, 2014 at 6:44 PM, jiltin (47.31) wrote:

When someone gets affected by publishing their posts/articles, they talk copyright laws.

If such publications provides better visibility or wide audience or increases their publicity, they encourage posting it.

I do see many people use MF to get their site visible to the world.

Keep up the good work. 

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#6) On February 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

The main reason I object to copyright violation is that they are generally bad posts. If you post boring drivel to CAPS, it crowds out the few decent posts and makes the community worse.

It also infringes on someone else's property rights, equivalent to theft.

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