copyright & web pages

Subject: copyright & web pages
From: Dorothy Window <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 13:25:12 +1000
Thanks to Bob Forsyth for his message headed 'Eastern Europe
I clicked onto Tina Macdonald's 'Birding Hotspots around the World' web
page address.
I was naturally curious to know the Australian sites which are
considered to be 'hotspots', so brought them up on screen.
I couldn't help but notice textual similarities between that which
appear on a certain  commercial site, and that which is contained in a
field guide book  ( published prior to the publication of that
particular commercial site).
Whilst it is no doubt an exciting exercise putting together your own web
page (and perhaps a profitable one if it is commercially oriented), I
think it prudent and timely to remind everyone who gathers information
for publication on their web site to be aware that copyright laws exist
to protect copyright owners, and rightfully so.  It's as easy as falling
off a log to take bits and pieces out of a published work and claim the
work as your own, but once something is published, particularly on the
internet, the evidence is there for all the world to see.
It is my guess that the majority of birding-ausers possess a good
knowledge of birds to the extent that few would find it necessary to
seek textual assistance when putting together their web pages.
Dot in FNQ.

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