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Re: Is phpGrabComics legal?

Raul Miller wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 22, 2005 at 01:50:58PM +0000, Andres Baravalle wrote:
>> I suppose that it would mean excluding *all* the syndicated comics
>> (dilbert, calvin and hobbes etc.).  They cover 2/3 of the comics. 
>> They will not give me an explicit permission, but I'd like to know if
>> I'm doing anything wrong from a legal point of view.
> If you've asked some of the copyright holders if you're doing anything
> wrong, I think you can rely on them telling you if you are. 

no, I haven't asked at the present time. my point is that sometimes the
copyright owner does not necessary know what is the legal framework.

> Lack of
> answer isn't any kind of blanket permission, but would show due dilligence
> (if the matter came up, later, and if you can prove that you asked).
> On the other hand, if anyone flames you, and they hold copyright on
> any web comic, it would probably be a good idea to make it trivial
> for your users to not view those comics. 

I have no objections on that. At the present time disabling a module is
possible both by deleting the module or by adding a line in it to disable.

> As in: make this the default
> behavior of your system.  And, while it will be possible for the users
> to reconfigure (or even rewrite) your code, if you leave a reference
> to the flames where someone undertaking that kind of change is likely
> to see it, they'll be able to make an informed choice about the issue
> (which puts a significant element of responsibility on their shoulders).

I have explicit autorisation only for a couple of modules, our of 230...

> On a more positive note, stuff posted on the web is intended to be
> viewed by a wide number of people, which means that copies can be made.
> And it's already been established in court (for VCRs) that it's legal
> to use recording equipment to allow people to view copyrighted material
> at a time convenient for them.
> I believe that as long as you're acting fairly that you'll not wind up
> in any trouble.

I will add a summary of the comments in a the faqs, in the copyright
page and will insert headlines referring to it in the first page of the
software and of its main site.

I'll try to make a release as soon as possible and than I'll start the
process of submission to debian.

thank you very much for all the comments,


Andres Baravalle


Gli uomini d'azione sono poco pratici.
La stessa azione li allontana dalla loro meta.
         Paco Ignacio Taibo I

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