Re: Distribution of personal study guide

From: Joseph Pietro Riolo <josephpietrojeungriolo[_at_]>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 15:20:00 -0500

On 1/26/06, Dodi Schultz <SCHULTZ[_at_]> wrote:


> Speaking as a writer, not a lawyer--no way. Whether he lifted words or
> images and whether or not he is charging a fee to the folks to whom he's
> distributing this material that isn't his: He has no right to use the
> material without the copyright owner's permission.

This is totally, completely wrong. It is possible that the student satisfies the criteria for fair use. It is possible that what the student is doing is permitted by the U.S. copyright law.

You need to give the student the benefit of doubt. Not every copier is a copyright infringer. We don't know how many images he copied. We don't know how many of the images are in the public domain. We don't know how much of the images he copied. We don't know if this is one-time activity or continuing activity beyond one semester.

The fact that you are not a lawyer does not excuse you from the big responsibility not to mislead lay people with the incorrect information. You have the responsibility to learn the proper boundaries of the U.S. copyright law and to make a habit not to condemn each copier as a copyright infringer.

Joseph Pietro Riolo

Number of days left until 1-1-2019 when all knowledge of 1923 in the land of the U.S.A. will be freed from their copyright owners' prisons: 4,721

Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this post in the public domain. Received on Sat Jan 28 2006 - 01:20:00 GMT

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