Re: Admin: policy for reporting high resolution ground-based imagery of Earth satellites

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Date: Sat May 14 2011 - 01:06:52 UTC

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    Paul Grace wrote:
    > Brian, if I understand you, you propose that it would be improper to provide
    > any links to any external image in this forum?  And that any image posted
    > must be surrendered to the public domain?
    > In this regard 
    > What about other forms of data, such as articles or commentary?  Since we
    > can not surrender copyright, then no links to that either?
    First, I'm suggesting it needs to be discussed, because images -
    at least in the US - are automatically copyright to the creator and
    cannot be used by others without express permission.
    Second, I do NOT suggest to have the best answer. That will come
    through discussion and consensus of the group.
    For example look at Wikipedia. The images that are uploaded there
    must be released to some degree in order to be used. In some cases
    the photographer is placing the image 100% in the public domain.
    There may be a middle ground where the originator retains their
    copyright but gives permission for certain uses.
    As for the text (articles and commentary) on this list, copyright
    only applies to the format. As far as I know, data per se cannot
    be copyrighted, as it is factual information. I could be wrong,
    though, but from what I've read (including on the US copyright
    web site), this is my understanding.
    It has been my experience that the general public is unaware of
    what copyright is and what it applies to. Again, I claim no expertise
    as I'm not a copyright lawyer. I'm only relaying what I've found
    through research for my own needs.
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