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PostSubject: Copyright Information   Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:39 pm

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All music is copyright to the artists and studios associated with it. This includes music in the Portal playlist, songs referenced in the Story, and lyrics or titles used in members' post layouts and their threads' subjects. Songs include but are not limited to "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues" and "Hawkling Street" as performed by Jimmy Eat World and Tristam, respectively.

Banner design is by Rex.

Stock images for the banner and affiliate button are from ~Lakela on deviantART.

All poetry, history, and the site idea itself are copyright to Villo Kasivu.

Wolf and husky emoticons are from CaitieBerry and KinnisonArc, respectively.

This site is hosted by phpBB (forumotion).

Everything else on this site belongs to phpBB (the website host), Villo Kasivu (me; that includes many drawings and icons), and the individual members of the site. Plagiarism is not tolerated here. I do not want any stealing of media here. That includes using non-stock pictures in your bios and post layouts. According to US law, all media is copyright to the creator ONCE it is created [92 U.S.C. § 102(a) (2013).]. Any "copy-cats" here that do serious damage will be treated like a college would treat them; y'all are OUTTA HERE!

Last edited by CrimsonWolfTail on Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:31 pm; edited 5 times in total (Reason for editing : added songs the site references the most, just in case)
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PostSubject: US Copyright Law § 102(a) and § 104(b)   Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:53 pm

Source of the below:

  • 92 U.S.C. § 102(a) (2013).
  • 92 U.S.C. § 104(b) (2013).

You can read it here.

92 U.S.C. § 102(a) wrote:
(a) Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:

    (1) literary works;

    (2) musical works, including any accompanying words;

    (3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;

    (4) pantomimes and choreographic works;

    (5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;

    (6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

    (7) sound recordings; and

    (8) architectural works.

92 U.S.C. § 104(b) wrote:
(b) Published Works.—The works specified by sections 102 and 103, when published, are subject to protection under this title if—

    (1) on the date of first publication, one or more of the authors is a national or domiciliary of the United States, or is a national, domiciliary, or sovereign authority of a treaty party, or is a stateless person, wherever that person may be domiciled; or

    (2) the work is first published in the United States or in a foreign nation that, on the date of first publication, is a treaty party; or

    (3) the work is a sound recording that was first fixed in a treaty party; or

    (4) the work is a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work that is incorporated in a building or other structure, or an architectural work that is embodied in a building and the building or structure is located in the United States or a treaty party; or

    (5) the work is first published by the United Nations or any of its specialized agencies, or by the Organization of American States; or

    (6) the work comes within the scope of a Presidential proclamation. Whenever the President finds that a particular foreign nation extends, to works by authors who are nationals or domiciliaries of the United States or to works that are first published in the United States, copyright protection on substantially the same basis as that on which the foreign nation extends protection to works of its own nationals and domiciliaries and works first published in that nation, the President may by proclamation extend protection under this title to works of which one or more of the authors is, on the date of first publication, a national, domiciliary, or sovereign authority of that nation, or which was first published in that nation. The President may revise, suspend, or revoke any such proclamation or impose any conditions or limitations on protection under a proclamation.

For purposes of paragraph (2), a work that is published in the United States or a treaty party within 30 days after publication in a foreign nation that is not a treaty party shall be considered to be first published in the United States or such treaty party, as the case may be.
Let me break this down for you (just in case this gives you a headache). In the first quote, it lists everything that is protected under § 102. That means that if it belongs in this list, then it automatically gets copyright. Notice how it includes literary works. That includes roleplay posts we create! The next item includes songs and their lyrics. I already stated in the previous post that lyrics and songs belong to their owners, so you do not have to worry on this site. The fifth item covers pictures. That includes ALL art, even online. Stock images from certain sites are actually protected from this law despite their title as a "stock image". Basically, if the site does NOT say that the pictures are free use...they are not. Also, this law prohibits you from using other artwork and pictures as a reference for your character, even if you do not alter it.

Now let's look at the next quote. It refers to § 102 (the above plus (b), which states that anything not found on the list in not protected by § 102) and § 103 (which talks about compilations such as dictionaries and poetry books). It states that all the items in § 102 and § 103 are copyright under § 104 (protected by § 104 as well) if it is in under any of those terms. Basically, if it is made in the United States or in an ally nation (or in the United Nations), if it is shown in the United States, or if the President says so (simply put). The United Nations consists of many nations, including basically every nation in Europe (give or take). That means if you are posting here from the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, etc., then § 104 protects it.

That only covers the terms of US law. I am sure European nations, Australian nations, and many others include copyright laws of their own that can also protect work created. So, here is a summary: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.
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