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    is scribd legal?

    I found an article on the member only FW site also on scribd. Is scribd legal or a pirate site? Ever since I graduated college I've wanted to be legal for IP.

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    Mark,

    Like so many things, it's perfectly legal, unless someone misuses it. Posting your docs to share is cool, but putting up the complete works of H P Lovecraft likely runs afoul of the DMCA. You put video you shoot up on youtube, right? Just because someone else is posting episodes of the family guy up there too doesn't make youtube, or your stuff there, illicit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Posting your docs to share is cool, but putting up the complete works of H P Lovecraft likely runs afoul of the DMCA.
    Interesting you should use that particular example: see this, and scroll down the section marked "Intellectual Property".
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kosmowski View Post
    I found an article on the member only FW site also on scribd. Is scribd legal or a pirate site? Ever since I graduated college I've wanted to be legal for IP.
    I'd not heard of Scribd until now. Out of curiosity, what article from here was on Scribd?
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    Hi Vaughn,

    I think Mark may have meant the other FW, Fine Woodworking has a paid subscription member only section. I saw at least one, possibly two of their articles on Scribd.

    Just because someone builds a site and allows any content to be posted on the site does not make it legal.

    Stealing IP is still stealing.
    Regards,
    Bill Antonacchio

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    It was the Fine Woodworking plywood article (here is FWW, properly pronounced eff double-double-ewe - which sounds like some wierd post-apocalyptic mutant sheep child - I really need to spend more time in the shop and less time playing Anarchy Online, huh?). I wasn't sure if maybe the author posted it at scribd or something. It didn't end up being any more informative than open public sources I also found anyhow.

    I hadn't heard of scribd either - finding the article there was my first experience.
    Last edited by Mark Kosmowski; 05-28-2008 at 01:32 PM.

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