Copyright refers to the ownership of intellectual property, as regulated by a country’s laws.
Internet copyright issues are complicated, so you should never assume that online material is simply ‘public domain’ – you will always need to check the source. In some circumstances, the notion of ‘fair use’ allows you to use online sources for the purpose of analysis, critique, and education. It is better to err on the side of caution in order to avoid any troubles.
Here are some pointers for posting to the SoFA e-Village…
Blogs, Message Boards and Comments
- When posting links to other websites, check a site’s legal disclaimer to see if they have any restrictions on this. If you are in doubt, make contact with the author/host organisation and clarify if you can link to their website or resource. Keep a copy of the correspondence.
- When posting a link, make sure that the resource is not an illegal or infringed copy.
- You can only post free graphics, images or cartoons. Images are often copyrighted and sometimes require payment for use, so you should seek guidance (and permission) from the copyright holder. You should also seek permission to reproduce logos or icons of other organisations.
- Only post links to original videos for which you can contact the copyright holder and seek their permission. Often videos posted to youtube, or similar audio visual sites, are illegally uploaded (ie, they are already in breach of copyright).
- Never cut and paste text without acknowledging its source. If you would like to quote a text, use quotation marks and reference the site/author. If you paraphrase someone else’s text, reference it.
- If you would like to share an article from a journal, please provide a link to the online abstract. Readers can then find a way to access the full article.
- To add an resource to the resource library you must refer it to us so that we can check the copyright restrictions.
- If you have evidence of permission to distribute the resource please include this when you refer the document.
- Please include any author contact details you might have with you resource referral.
- If you have had access to an original article, then you are entitled to keep a single copy or forward that single copy to a colleague for personal, scholarly, scientific, professional or educational use, but not to distribute it widely, for commercial or non-commercial gain.
- If you unsure whether a resource is copyright protected chances are it is.
- Do not use anyone’s electronic material without permission, including email content.
- Do not copy and paste someone else’s resource or links page. You can either provide a link to such a page, or create your own.
- And you may be surprised to know that any material that you create online is technically copyrighted to you, even if it is a post to a message board.
Members who post original content to the e-Village (message boards, blogs etc) retain their copyright but give a non-exclusive license to others to forward any message they post. They also give the Website owner the right to archive or approve the archiving of posts.
**All other uses of Content posted to this Website require the permission of their authors.**