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We do not allow any of our material to be reproduced, displayed, posted or distributed in electronic format of any kind, whether it be in a newsletter, on a web site, email, PowerPoint, Training Handouts, ebooks or otherwise.
- Myths about copyrights -

"If it doesn't have a copyright notice, it's not copyrighted."

  • This was true in the past, but today almost all major nations follow the Berne copyright convention. For example, in the USA, almost everything created privately and originally after April 1, 1989 is copyrighted and protected whether it has a notice or not. Copyright law was recently amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which changed net copyright in many ways.
"If I don't charge for it, it's not a violation."
  • False. Whether you charge can affect the damages awarded in court, but that's main difference under the law. It's still a violation even if you give it away....and there can still be serious damages$$$.

"Copyright violation isn't a crime or anything?"

  • Actually, in the 90s in the USA, commercial copyright violation involving more than 10 copies and value over $2500 was made a felony.