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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Besides, copying that single page has a good chance of causing more purchases of the book.

    Careful... that's the "pirates" sleaze-logic that completely ignores that the right to do that still belongs with the copyright holder, and if they (not you) believed it to be true, would give explicit permission to do so.

    Not to say that one page doesn't fall under the fair-use clauses of copyright... so you're probably safe on that account. But don't fall into the "I know better than the publisher about what w

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    • Ah, yes; I understand. I'm just representing, I hope, what would be Tim O'Reilly's personal view of my specific action, had he been present.

      I'm interested in being a law-abider, and also in having rational laws.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • So, please, what makes this fair use?
        I have no knowledge of copyright law, but have been hearing about not being allowed to
        copy a page out of a book since I was in high school.
        Do you have any references as to what makes this fair use?
        Please note that this reply is prompted by curiosity , and not criticism! :->

        Dave
        • Re: Fair use? (Score:3, Informative)

          "Fair use" actually has a precise legal definition, although the components are subject to judicial interpretation. See what the Copyright Office has to say [copyright.gov].

          And now that I look at that, it would be hard to simply copy a page out of a technical book for your own use under that definition. So, I will now backpedal. {grin}

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          • Re: Fair use? (Score:3, Insightful)

            by jdavidb (1361) on 2003.02.28 18:26 (#17626) Homepage Journal

            such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

            Well, I'd say this falls under many of those. Particularly news reporting. Mainly, I wanted the other guy in the office to know I had a book that had that information in it. I highlighted two relevant sentences. I also copied just the first page about the topic, not the whole section. There's not really much useful on that page other than, "This is possible, here's how you can --"

            This is fun. :)

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            J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers