fans and copyright issues
A lot of (Romanian) gymnastics fans, want to share their common
passion and open new websites. This is a nice thing.
Not so nice is when they " borrow" photos from other sites
(not ours, is not because of this), not even mention the source
(author and agency), use copyright, agency- protected articles
like they own the rights (but they don't ) and start promoting
their websites around, to enjoy their "victory" .
A lot of Romanians newspapers, for example, don't even want
to hear about giving permissions for their articles, after
their articles being stolen and translated for years (this
is as very serious felony) without permission, until they
have heard about this (only few newspapers gave latter such
a limited permission, after the copyright scandal have started,
as they were not asked before).Such a bad event affects all
other honest people, who may want to do it properly from beginning.
No wonder same person have "borrowed" from us some news, too,
and have included the source only after we asked to do so,
despite their past bad experience with copyright laws. There
is a saying, "bad habits are difficult to remove".
We do not encourage and we stop at once these
"webmasters" to promote their sites into our special forum,
because we don't encourage copyright laws infringements and
immoral actions against our colleagues with other sites, for
which they have had worked hard. We also respect the hard
work of all gymnastics photographers, one of the most difficult
photo task to have is taking gym photos. Bad light, fast move,
difficult access on stage. We don't like those who want to
simply steal photographers work and use to show up with sites
looking more like Aladdin-Cave (having stored a lot of nice
goods, but all of them being stolen).
Same for videos, taken from TV stations and re-posted somewhere
else without their prior permission is pure and simply breaking
the law, and TV stations are very powerful in term of law
enforcement. If you download such a video, you also broke
the law and may be asked to pay fines later.
"Ignorance is no defense and buys no excuses"-said one of
the Internet rules-details on http://www.wagsouth.com/netiq.html
Last year alone, few hundreds music fans were asked to pay
important fines (up to $3000) and also important copyright
fees (and they have paid gladly, to avoid further criminal
charges), because they have had downloaded music from sites
witch promised "free" music. Well, they paid more than if
they got it from legitimate shops.
When you start a download, the server will record your IP
and this may bring to you any law action from TV stations.
"If we publish files on the Web (graphic, music, html,
etc) we did not create (direct-linked or not), not in public
domain, and without the creator's permission, we may find
ourselves facing charges of copyright infringement, which
involves fines and/or jail time. Infringement: files, intellectual
property, including graphics, composed by someone other than
the one publishing it (illegally) on their site"-http://www.wagsouth.com/netiq.html
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