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Re: Quotations (was Re: _Microraptor zhaoianus_)

At 7:32 PM -0500 12/7/00, Caitlin KiernanCR@aol.com wrote:
... to quote the U.S. Copyright
Office's "fair use" FAQ:

47.How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission?

Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentages of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See Circular 21 and FL 102.<<

In practice, quoting short abstracts like those in Science or Nature on a mailing list like this probably is the realm of permissibility, although it's always best to ask permission first. Abstract services do it, and many journals now post the abstracts openly on the web.

It's another matter to post large chunks of the paper (which was the original issue Mary was addressing). On the other hand, making a single copy of the entire paper for your personal use is clearly within the realm of "fair use."

-- Jeff Hecht