68Caliber.com has gone on another crazy tangent about copyright law. I guess people didn’t listen last time. Big surprise there.
Basically, their whole article is making fun of people who might have happened to copy and paste their story, and threatening them with lawsuits and probably bodily harm. Nothing like threatening people with a lawsuit to scare them straight. Just look at how well it works for the music and movie industry.
First, even after he clearly states it’s fine to link to them, they still state you still need permission to link to them.
If you want to link to one of our stories-go ahead after receiving permission (just like much of the paintball media already does).
Sorry, I’m not going to ask for permission to link to your articles. I just won’t. Easy enough.
They also have a whole list of the people that support them. It’s a total of 4 people, one of them being related to 68Caliber and another associated with some magazine I’ve never heard of.
Then they go into the whole stealing an actual item is the same as “stealing” some content. Wrong. If someone steals your Angel, you can’t use it anymore unless it comes back to you. If someone “steals” your content, you can still use it and do waht you want with it. No one took away your content. It’s still sitting there pretty on your server, which if someone stole, then the content wouldn’t be there.
Let’s just be entertained by some quotes from their article (Fair Use)
A juicy, interesting, exciting story breaks on www.68caliber.com (that’s almost always the case, we get the stories before anyone else almost ALL the time).
Kinda cocky there. I get the emails from the mailing lists at probably about the same time you guys do.
In fact, under the “fair use” doctrine, you could even quote some of my sentences in your own article.
If we want to give someone limited rights (let someone borrow it or license it), such as reprinting the lead paragraph, we can.
So, TOOL, how does it feel?
Ouch. Calling the people who read your site tools seems a little harsh.
The enablers have even gone so far as to claim, publicly, that the DMCA-Digital Millennium Communications Act-shields them from being taken to task because ‘they’re just the provider and can’t be held responsible for the actions of their individual members’.
Basically. The DMCA provides a safe harbor for content providers. You send a takedown notice to the provider, usually the person running the site, and ask them to take it down.
If anyone is wondering, I don’t really get any stories from 68Caliber. They usually cover something that has been covered by someone else before or just isn’t that good or interesting. I get informed mostly from RSS feeds and mailings.
As for this site, the posts are most likely going to be placed under a Creative Commons license, most likely Attribution-ShareAlike or Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike, which would mean you could use the content of this site as long as you cite the source and put it under the same license.
Also, please stop using dashes when commas should be there. It’s really quite annoying. And doing a tad bit of SEO work will probably help a lot with the search engine traffic. And a framed link out is possibly one of the most annoying things ever.
Here’s the link to the story, without actually linking to them.