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Gamer's Lounge Charter Revision: Don't post entire articles or large blocks of text

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Per thelnel52's post in the Podium and Lounge Forums:



Dear Gamer's Loungers,

Thanks to copyright trolls like this guy [wired.com], we're going to have to change the way that you guys share news articles here in the Podium. To make a long story short, a lot of the stuff that gets posted in here is theoretically protected by the newspaper/magazine/website's copyright. This hasn't been much of an issue in the past, because most publishers simply appreciate the attention (and can't argue that the value of the copyright is being damaged with a straight face). Unfortunately, it seems as though the goal of these copyright trolls isn't to actually win a big lawsuit, but to force smaller sites to settle instead of hiring an expensive attorney to defend. Given the overriding principles of Slickdeals, you can imagine that we don't aim to rack up unnecessary attorney fees.

So, in response to this- we're establishing a new policy for pasting and linking articles:

From now on, posts should include the title of the original article, a link to the article, and your take (your own summary if you choose). Posts SHOULD NOT INCLUDE LARGE BLOCKS OF TEXT FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE. You can still quote from the article, but only use what you need to make your point (you guys are kind of doing this now by bolding particular parts- just quote what you might otherwise have bolded). Also, please err on the side of under-quoting.

I know that this will make things a little tougher on OPs, but I really do think that the extra bit of burden will (1) cut down on the number of lazy starts to threads, (2) help establish a focus for the discussions, (3) make threads less intimidating to jump into, and, most importantly, (4) help SD avoid being sued.

A similar note had been posted in the lounge and podium.


*plagiarized almost in whole by Schooby with knowledge and permission of thelnel52. Wink
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All good points, and thanks for letting us know.

I think the main reason big chunks of text were being copied is because many workplaces block gaming sites, so those perusing the GL on the clock couldn't see what everyone was talking about.

Hopefully the paraphrasing will help cut down on that, at least giving a good idea of what the article was about, or key points.
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While I understand and agree with why Slickdeals is doing this, I think it's bullshit.
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I am glad you this rule is instituted. Less spamming of gamers lounge by people who want to repost anything they see on kotaku and the likes.
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I don't understand. If you link the original article then why does it matter how much of the article is posted?

Maybe I should read the hyper-linked portion of the OP.

Just seems to me that the context of the article could change depending on what parts of the article the OP decides to quote. If I were the originator of the article I would prefer the entire piece was quoted..

Either way I don't know crap about laws.. just seems a little odd to me
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Yeah this thing is stupid, the guy will most likely lose the majority of their lawsuits but they just want to scare smaller blog sites like this one into settlement. Most of these are user's posted content so they're supposed to send you a take down notice first before they can even initiate any legal action

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Righthaven, he says, should have sent him a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, because the article was posted by a user, not the site itself.

Read More http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/...z0wQ0OprOv
Anyway, so what are we going to do with those full articles that have already been posted? Is someone going back to all those and change them?
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They're basically arguing that quoting the entire article goes beyond fair use. Quoting small sections, on the other hand, is fine.
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Oooh I just read a rather lengthy article about this. Give me a few minutes and I'll post it for the people who can't see other websites...
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Oooh I just read a rather lengthy article about this. Give me a few minutes and I'll post it for the people who can't see other websites...
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I don't understand. If you link the original article then why does it matter how much of the article is posted?
Makes sense to me...sites make money on hits...if you are taking away hits by posting the whole article here...then why should they even take the time to write articles???

Personally...I think we need 75% of the "news" sites on the internet to go out of business...all they do is post to an official MS or Sony release and then say "Leave a comment about what you think!"
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Makes sense to me...sites make money on hits...if you are taking away hits by posting the whole article here...then why should they even take the time to write articles???

Personally...I think we need 75% of the "news" sites on the internet to go out of business...all they do is post to an official MS or Sony release and then say "Leave a comment about what you think!"
That makes sense! But you never make sense! Something doesn't make sense...
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F this charter
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There's a "charter" now?

What is this, the League of Nations? Or the fcuking Avengers?

BTW doesn't this joker look EXACTLY like the kind of douchebagg who would be proud of making money by screwing with bloggers, totally self-satisfied with his attempts to "protect" the sanctity of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's intellectual property? He must be Appleyum's cousin or something...*







*I illegally downloaded "Beautiful Katamari" eight times last night just to remind Namco who's really running $#!T out here in the streetz...
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Posted by: TheGoldTooth | 07/28/10 | 8:37 pm |

Perhaps it's just the angle, but from the photo it looks like the guy has a pole up his ass. That would at least explain the unusually self-satisfied but repellent look on his face. Can you imagine a mother telling friends proudly that her son is a lawyer when he makes his living bottom-feeding like this? No, neither can I.

Read More http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/...z0wmDxBIw2

heh this guy knows whats up
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That makes sense! But you never make sense! Something doesn't make sense...
LMAO thats exactly what i was thinking. i must have entered the twilight zone because for the first time ever, Cutie's entire post was intelligent, made sense, and he had a good point.


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