Re: Distribution of personal study guide

From: Steven Jamar <stevenjamar[_at_]>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 15:20:00 -0500

On Jan 26, 2006, at 12:40 PM, Dodi Schultz wrote:

> "Amy" writes:
>>> Student has created a word document that contains images from the
>>> web and added his notes to it. He did not credit the web sites that
>>> he obtained the images from. He originally created this as his
>>> study guide for an art class. He now would like to give a CD of
>>> this to interested classmates (under 30 copies) to assist them with
>>> their studies. He is not charging them for it. Does this fall
>>> under acceptable use under the copyright laws?
> 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.

Of course he can use the material -- in his own paper -- without the owner's permission. But, strong advocate as I am of fair use being broadened, I think this is probably over the line.

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