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Old 04-05-2011, 07:03 PM
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Default Please don't post anything...

that was written by somebody else.

Remember back several years ago when people were downloading music from those pirates sites by the millions. Attorney's got their hands on the issue and the poop hit the fan. Many people paid millions of dollars in fines and the whole pirate industry got shut down.

Well, now, those attorneys need a new cottage industry. Guess who is in their sites this time? Forums like Talk of The Villages, that's who. There are law firms that have full time people on the payroll who do nothing but scour the internet looking for forums. They then look to see if any member has posted anything that was written by somebody else, copied then pasted in the forum. (Copyright Infringement) Then, they pick up the phone, call the person who originally wrote the piece, collaborate with them for 5 minutes, then sue the forum for $100,000....and they are winning.

So, if you copy and paste and article from the Wall Street Journal, National Enquirer, Yellow Pages, Church Bulletin, grocery store flyer or the New England Journal of Legal News, we, and you, are in the cross-hairs.

This may seem like a small thing to many, but it's a big thing to the original author and to us. It means that we must now view every (That's Every) post on this forum every day (That's Every Day) to be sure that we are not their next Google analytics tells us that last month, we were searched 14 times by individuals using keywords that indicate searches for copyright infringement.

Please, please, please, please, don't copy and post anything that somebody else wrote. We will just have to delete it. We have researched this (the charge being let by Tony) and have read, not a few, horror stories of forum owners being dragged into court and being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It is okay (for now) to post a link to the site where the text was originally

JLK, the nice administrator
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