It is true that we were told that recently. But there are quite a few books I've validated or in my early years here submitted where I did, with attributes and quotation marks, quote from Publisher's Weekly and/or Library Journal, which I found in my library's catalog. I haven't done it since Gerald and/or Jake said we're not to, but I did read the copyright law and pasted part of it here on the list. I had originally thought that the Fair Use provision meant that a certain limited number of lines could be quoted, but I found that is not the criterion. It's vaguer than that. It has to do with the purpose, as well as the amount that is copied. In my personal and unofficial opinion, quoting just a few lines in a synopsis for nonprofit purposes would be o.k. under the Fair use provision--but I know some others will disagree with me. The section is too long to post here but the URL is http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html Cindy --- Evan Reese <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > I'm not trying to be picky here, but at the same > time, I don't want > Bookshare to be doing - or to even be remotely seen > to be doing - anything > that might be considered less than legally pure. I > do this out of > enlightened self-interest, not out of any concern > for the publishers. > > But I am wondering about the synopsis of a book that > was just added to the > collection yesterday. I remember reading that > quotations from other > publications were not permitted in the synopsis for > reasons of copyright. > > ***Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers > by > Kwame Anthony Appiah > Quality: Excellent, almost no errors. > Synopsis: From Publishers Weekly In a world more > interconnected than ever, the responsibilities and > obligations we share remain matters of volatile > debate. > Copyright Date: 2006 > > Now, if I am wrong about this, I apologize. It may > be that citing the > source of the material is enough to make it okay. > But I would rather be > wrong now than overlook the possibility that this > kind of thing might give > anyone an excuse to site Bookshare as a reason for > new possibly more > restrictive amendments to the existing copyright > exemption we all benefit > from here. I think we should be ultracareful. > > I hope I'm not raising a false alarm. I am sorry if > that is the case. But > I would say that if it is even in a legally gray > area, then it should be > changed to avoid even the possibility of the > appearance of shady doings. > > Thanks. > > Evan > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the > word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better Heartthrob. Get better relationship answers from someone who knows. Yahoo! Answers - Check it out. http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/?link=list&sid=396545433 To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.