Posting Guidelines- until further notice.  Effective 1/22

Hello Members,

It has come ot my attention that there are concerns regarding how to post on this website- (due to a legal issue).

While the life of a Forum depends on two things- postings of interesting articles by members and keeping people reading and commenting-on this site. Therefore the idea of posting just a title and a link sort of defeats the purpose...

So here are some basic guidelines

Please no photos (until further notice)

  • Videos from Youtube are Ok
  • I would like to ask you to post an excerpt - at least One Good Descriptive Paragraph to tell basis of the article so we can have discussion on this site.
  • I appreciate when a post is researched and posted with a following timeline- see examples of American912 posts. Time lines will remain of importance to researchers in the future so it is never outdated...

And Now the most important part- What Can You Copy?

 I know it is confusing---Therefore I have searched for good examples of exactly what to look for when copying an article. 

Always look for Terms and Conditions and Fair Use/Copyright 

If you do not see it-Do Not copy -- move on to a different source.  

This below is from Western Journalism and is a prefect example.

They state they abide by Fair Use and they define it for you. This is OK to copy from

Fair Use and Copyright Policy

Last Updated 3/14/2017
Version 1.2

The material on Liftable Media, Inc. (“LMI”), namely, Western Journalism (, Liftable (, Conservative Tribune (, The Wildcard (, and USA Radio Network ( (collectively, the “Sites”) is provided for the following purposes: news reporting, criticism and comment, parody, education, research, et al. The Sites may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. LMI asserts these uses constitute ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have an interest in using the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use,’ then you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. The information contained on these Sites do not constitute legal or technical advice.


On the other hand, I have read these terms twice and am still not clear what can  and cannot be copied from "The Hill".

If in doubt, please do not do it!

When this legal issue is cleared up, I will have a better set of Guidelines for you...

Thank You for your continued membership and patience!


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As some of you may know, I write original articles on my media site. For sourcing or to solidify my position, I will use hyperlinks to other sites published material that support my thoughts on a subject. These are simple clickable links to that site, it is the digital version of reading the magazine in the Dr.s office, true, my name isn`t on the mailing label, but it is perfectly legal for me to pick it up and read it, and to hand it to the person beside and say " have you seen this?".  I update my media FB page every morning at 5 a.m., I use the "Drudge" format, I find a piece that interests me, copy & paste the hyperlink to my page, then read the article and copy & paste a sentence, or paragraph that I feel describes the story at the top of the link on my page. I always use correct punctuation, quotation marks, etc. and NEVER add, or omit anything into the text. I have never had an issue, and I never will as I am simply "putting the magazine on the table". If I post a hyperlink to an article and put my own header text above it(as Drudge does) it is obviously my words because there are no quotation marks. When you post a hyperlink, most times a photo is inserted with it, that is an included part of the article and as long as you don`t draw a Snidely Whiplash `stache on it, or modify it in any way, it is never going to be a problem. To copy & paste the whole text of a piece you did not write and post it (even with acknowledgement) is probably actionable in this shyster mad world, it`s much better to simply link to the article and comment below it. See - clear as mud...

Thanks!LOL!!! mud is right! I am not sure that some sites understand their own terms of service! I am actually going to ask my attorney for guidelines!

Starznbarz, sounds migraine(ing).  Assumptions are mostly not a good idea, but I have always assumed that what is published on the Internet becomes public domain.  This is the first site I am aware of that has a copyright problem.

The Internet & copyright

The above is a copy of the title of an article from the Washington State University site.  Did I infringed on the copyright statute?  I tired to read that article, but my mind exploded.  However, just before my mind exploded, I got the impression that it is impossible for any site on the Internet to NOT infringed on the copyright statute unless you are a copyright statute lawyer.  There are probably millions of sites on the Internet and I would guess there are less than a hundred copyright statute lawyers owning those sites.  I assume there are millions of lawsuits and this site is just one of them facing one.  I personally have not heard of any other site with this problem.  Weird if you ask me.  

I`ve been doing it long enough that it`s now just habit, the only folks that can change anything are the editors of a publication that publishes your work when they employ, or pay you for an assignment, it still ticks you off to have changes made, but they have the right - it`s one of the reasons I rarely take assignments anymore. I also own & operate a photography business, my content is tagged(copyright) usually on the pic, but always in the metadata, I`m thrilled when someone likes my work well enough to share it and I have no problem with them using it for a background on their screen, when it becomes theft is when the tag is removed and the pic shows up in a calendar, etc. for sale or on another photography site inferring it`s their work. I think written copy is the same.


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