Published on 27/12/2009 10:57
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society holds the copyright for some quotes cataloged at this site, therefore this information is posted under the provisions of international Copyright law, which allows for excerpts to be published, for the purpose of review and/or study, without first obtaining the express written consent of the copyright holder. According to the FAQ at the U.S. Copyright office:
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How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission?
Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of specific number of words counts, a certain number of musical notes, or percentages of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See Circular 21 and FL 102.
The above mentioned FAQ is a simple language synopsis of relevant copyright law, in particular §107 of the US Code -- Title 17 - Copyrights; Chapter 1-- Subject Matter and Scope of Copyrights.
A legal principle that limits the rights of copyright holders. "Fair use" refers to the provision in the Copyright Act that allows unauthorized, limited use of a copyrighted work in certain situations that are in the public benefit (e.g., research, criticism, news reporting, and teaching).