At the very bottom of every page on this site you'll see a copyright
What this means is that all content on this site
is copyright care of myself, unless otherwise stated - and that also means
you cannot simply copy content (text or images) and paste it/use it wherever
you like. Altering copied content doesn't remove the copyright either.
The most common breach of copyright seems to be via the various online
auction sites, where I've seen entire reviews copied and used as a means
of enticing bidders. Such auctions sometimes turn out to be scams.
All such sites have a stated policy of copyright protection that prohibits
sellers from using copyrighted material without express permission. It
is your responsibility to make yourself aware of these rules, and to abide
Other breaches of copyright have appeared on online forums and 'wikis',
and even commercial sites.
I suppose I should be flattered, but more often than not entire reviews,
articles and images are ripped from my site and pasted wholesale onto
various sites without so much as a mention as to the origin, let alone
any attempt being made to ask permission. This is known as copylifting.
There are various methods I can (and will) use to protect my intellectual
In the case of forums and wikis I can contact the site administrators
and ask them to remove the content. This may result in your being given
a warning about the use of copyright material - or they might just revoke
For commercial and personal sites I can contact the site owner and request
the content be removed.
In all cases mentioned I rely on the co-operation of the site owners.
Some are co-operative, some aren't - and where they aren't I can contact
the host provider. Host providers are far more accountable, and are liable
to suspend the entire site until the content in question has been removed.
In the case of auctions I can contact the seller direct and ask that
my material be removed - or I can simply contact the auction site admin
and do it 'officially'. Either way, the content will be removed - at best
it will mean you'll have to edit your auction, at worst it means your
auction will be cancelled (you will lose your fees)...and it may result
in your being thrown off the site.
In some instances copied material can 'leech' bandwidth from my site.
This typically happens when an image is copied along with its referring
URL. What that means is that although the image appears on the site it's
copied to, it's actually my host provider that's sending it. The more
bandwidth my sites uses, the more I have to pay - so I'm particularly
keen to deal with such breaches of copyright. I can use all the options
mentioned above...or I can simply change the content at this end, which
means that whatever I write or display will be repeated at the copyist's
site. You can be sure that it won't be very pleasant (but hey, I'm paying
for it, so what the hell - might as well have a laugh!).
All in all, dealing with copyright theft (yes, it's theft) is an inconvenience
all round and I have far better things to be doing than to keep chasing
people who haven't read the appropriate warnings that are clearly visible
both here and on the sites they use. As such it's more likely that I will
go straight for the option most likely to succeed in the shortest possible
time - and log a copyright infringement notice with the host provider.
On the brighter side, you are entitled to 'fair use' of the text on this
site (note, not the images). In practice this means you
can quote a 'reasonable amount' of unedited text provided you also
state who wrote it originally and where you got it from (typically a referring
url suffices). As to how much is reasonable, a paragraph or two is about
right. Use your common sense - in questionable cases the host provider
is likely to err on the side of caution (and thus in my favour).
If in doubt, drop me a line - it's that easy.
If you wish to use a review in your auction, the accepted method is to
simply provide a link from your auction page to the relevant page on this
This is easy to do: First copy the line below and paste it into your auction
<a href="insert copied url here">type
your description here</a>
Now find the relevant review page you wish to use and copy
the url from your browser address panel. Just click on the panel and it
should highlight - right click and select copy.
Now select the text between the quotes in the sample link you pasted into
your auction page (ensure you don't select the quotations
marks), delete it and paste in the copied url.
Delete the text 'type your description here' and type in something like
"A review of this horn" - without the quotes.
If prospective bidders wish to read more information about your horn they
can simply click through to the review page - and everyone's happy.
I've seen some great auctions where the seller has properly used quotes
and credits from many sources, and I'm pleased if a few of my comments
help someone get a decent price for a good horn.
If you think it's worth taking a chance, well, that's up
to you. This site has a very large readership around the world, and many
of them are active on the various auction sites and forums. Word tends
to get back to me when someone's using my content, and the first and last
you'd know of it would be an email from your auction/site hosts.
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