Copyrights and wrongs
Posted: 14 September 2008 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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I am playing with the idea of collecting a selection of debates from this and other forums in the hope of finding a deranged publisher who might be willing to spread the wit and wisdom of the Sam Harris residents across this strange nation of ours.

Are there any copyright problems with this idea ?

It says ‘copyright Sam Harris’ on the bottom of each page.


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Posted: 15 September 2008 12:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Gee wiz…  it takes forever to get anyone to respond in this forum thread doesn’t it?

Any way. I love what you’re playing with in your mind there Sander.

I think, but I don’t know for certain, that the Sam Harris copyright on the bottom applies to the design and structure of this forum, not the individual posters on the forum… that would mean Sam “owns” our posts and I don’t think he does…. but I could be wrong… M for Malapert who (rightfully) corrected me on some of my previous notions on copyright, or the brilliant Mia might know better than I on this subject than I do.

If I am correct, the only thing you would need to do Sander is ask permission from the posters—the “owners” of their ideas—if it’s okay to use their posts in the this book you have in mind.

[ Edited: 15 September 2008 12:56 AM by isocratic infidel]

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Posted: 15 September 2008 05:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Posted: 15 September 2008 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Great idea - but the sifting and organization of all this content would be a monumental task.

If, as iso suspects, you would only need the permission of the posts’ authors - you would still need to negotiate for the use of Sam Harris’ name and any quoted portions of his work.

Or you would have to edit carefully to remove any such references.


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Posted: 02 February 2010 11:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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I plan to translate into Polish 10 first pages of The End of Faith and publish it on the web.
The author himself published it already in English The End of Faith - Reason in Exile
The question is : Do I need his consent in order not to violate the prevailing copyright law.
And what if Sam decides to withdraw the passage of the book from his website ?
The book has not been published in Poland in polish language at all

[ Edited: 02 February 2010 11:13 PM by Non-believer]

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