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Sun Jan 31, 2021, 11:50 AM

OP Copyright question on using 4 paragraphs plus photo?

I found an article I want to post up. The authors writing style comes out in very short paragraphs making it really hard to get the "gist" of the article when just using 4 paragraphs. A thought was to try and fill the missing "in-between" sections between the paragraphs I use from the article with my own retelling of that portion of the story. Suggestions on best ways to do this are appreciated.

Second part involves a "5th" use of the article. If I can use 4 written paragraphs, does a Photo from the article count against that total?

Thanks in advance.

Edited to ad: Another option may be to contact the publication directly and get their permission to use more of the article. Is this ever done? I assume I would need to run this scenario by the administrators...

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Reply OP Copyright question on using 4 paragraphs plus photo? (Original post)
LazySusanNot Jan 2021 OP
ret5hd Jan 2021 #1
LazySusanNot Jan 2021 #4
TexasTowelie Jan 2021 #2
LazySusanNot Jan 2021 #3
ManiacJoe Feb 2021 #5
LazySusanNot Feb 2021 #6
question everything Feb 2021 #7
LazySusanNot Feb 2021 #8

Response to LazySusanNot (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 12:03 PM

1. A picture speaks a thousand words, so...

you should probably limit yourself to either:
1) one-third of the picture (top, bottom, or middle-your choice) and no paragraphs.
2) paragraphs, but no picture

(I kid I kid)

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 12:18 PM

4. I like your suggestion to use "one third of the picture"

I could maybe turn it into a DU contest and see if anyone can guess what this picture is. LOL

Thanks for the help!

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Response to LazySusanNot (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 12:03 PM

2. You should send a message to EarlG since he is the owner and administrator of this site.

There is a folder on the left side of the display screen titled "Ask the Administrators" where you can pose your question.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 12:14 PM

3. Thank you. I will do that.

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Response to LazySusanNot (Original post)

Wed Feb 3, 2021, 06:18 AM

5. The four paragraph limit is

just a guideline type hack. Something to keep DU users marginally legal.

The actual fair use guide is that the quoted part of the article must be "short". ("Short" having no official definition in the copyright law.)

I have seen some bad writing styles online where the best one could do is to summarize the article in your own words without quoting.


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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 3, 2021, 08:44 AM

6. Great info and thank you

I see the "guidelines" may leave a little wiggle room.. Many of the Author's paragraphs are 2 sentence runs but could easily be cobbled into a "short" section. Have also considered "filling in" between the useable paragraphs with short connecting narratives. Not great alternatives but workable I think.

Thank you for chiming in on this. I've sent an inquiry to the administrators which may also give me some guidance.

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Response to LazySusanNot (Original post)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 05:48 PM

7. I will tell you in secret

If the paragraphs are really short, combine them..

And, yes, using 5 or 6 can be OK... unless someone decides to alert..


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Response to question everything (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 6, 2021, 08:41 PM

8. Thank you for the "inside information"

I will keep this as our little secret. Vault locked. Key being thrown away as we speak.

I may also stick with the 4 paragraphs "limit" instead of 5 to avoid the potential alerts. Many of the author's paragraphs are 2 sentences long - so this should be easy.

Now all I have to do is write it!

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