Copyright works for personal use?

Discussion in 'Module Discussion' started by Regie, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Regie

    Regie Active Member

    I suppose there is nothing illegal in putting work that is still under copyright into SwordSearcher for personal use - as long as it is not shared. Is that right?

    If a person is working on something for their own personal use and there are those who might be interested in the same work in SwordSearcher when the copyright period is over, is it ok to have a special section in this forum for such? I suppose that question is for Brandon.

    That could prevent duplicate work among us if any of us live long enough to see some works come off copyright. If we don't, we could leave something worthwhile for our children, etc.

    Thanks,
    Regie
     
  2. Brandon Staggs

    Brandon Staggs Administrator Staff Member

    Copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 50 or 70 years. That's a long time. :)

    My guess is no, that is not correct. The copyright is inherently the *right to copy*. Congress has carved out some exceptions to this, but the safe bet is to assume you do not have a right to copy a work unless the author has granted it to you. But, I am no lawyer, so you will need to decide how you do that in private.
     
  3. Regie

    Regie Active Member

    I left off something - if a person owns the book, can they do it for their own use? But, I think that is something between the individual, his conscience and the law. :)

    Thanks much for your gentlemanly, pleasant answer Brandon, But then, I wasn't expecting any other kind of reponse from you. I appreciate you and the work you do in authoring SwordSearcher and keeping it going.

    MGB,
    Regie
     
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  4. Brandon Staggs

    Brandon Staggs Administrator Staff Member

    Agreed.

    Thank you for your kind words.
     
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