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Re: _Microraptor zhaoianus_
Mickey Mortimer writes:
> Hey everyone! Here's the description of Microraptor, direct
> from Nature (am I allowed to do this?
> Never seen it done before, but I can't see why not).
Because it is copyrighted material. There is a huge difference between
quoting a line or two from a paper and reproducing the entire publication.
Anyone who would like to post a complete scientific paper on the dinosaur
list had better be sure it is his own or he has permission from the author or
the publisher. That is why there are copyright laws, and these also apply to
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permission (which I have to assume was not done in this case), see the
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