A Word on Copyright and Ownership & DCMA

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Protect Your Rights. Respect Others’ Rights!

Dear Reader:

The Internet provides an abundant treasury of useful resources but can also be an invitation to problems if we do not take responsibility for what we do and what we claim.

This applies to the rights and responsibilities of others to protect their property, which includes images, photos, drawings, texts, etc.

On this blog, unless otherwise indicated and appropriate credits are given, all writing is the product and property of the blog owner. If the author of an article lifts or cites written or graphic material from a source that clearly and conspicuously indicates that that material is protected by copyright or an ownership claim, then every attempt is made to (1) indicate the copyright protection, (2) give proper credit to the source and provenance of the material, (3) otherwise indicate that the material is not the blog author’s product or property.

By its very nature, this blog is a public service, public information site and a product of journalistic activity. Until such time as it may become for profit or not-for-profit by accepting donations or fees for advertisment or promotion, it is non-profit and non-revenue generating. Any material, textual, graphic, or audio is reproduced for the sole purpose of illustration or comment, and so is fair use.

We consider all of our writing to be public domain; that means that if you want to quote us, please do. But we do ask that you tell your readers where you got the stuff, and that you don’t misrepresent what is being said on this blog. If we consider something to be our copyright and protected we will conspicuously indicate that by providing you, the reader, with notice in the form of a copyright symbol ©, a trademark symbol ™, or a registered mark ®, which will serve to indicate that if you want to use that material, you must ask for our permission. You can do that by contacting us at

Likewise, if we obtain an image, a sound, a recording, or a text from a source on the Internet, we expect that anyone claiming copyright or ownership of that material to conspicuously mark that material with a notice of copyright or ownership. That conspicuous mark may be simply a copyright mark ©, a watermark, or a statement on an image, graphic or somewhere in the text (usually at the end), but somewhere visible and conspicuous so that anyone seeing the material will have fair notice that it is copyrighted or owned by someone, and permission needs to be obtained prior to its use. That is the owner’s responsibility. Simple and fair enough.

The United States Copyright law and case law provide a number of situations, exceptions, special cases, etc. where use without permissions is permitted but the user must be given fair notice of copyright or notice of ownership. The law that applies to digital content is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DCMA (for a FAQ sheet on DCMA, click here.) A good overall source of information on the DCMA is the EDUCAUSE page on the DCMA (click here).

If authors and artists do their part by providing fair notice of copyright or other rights associated with material they post on the Internet, and persons obtaining material on the Internet are provided with fair notice and comply with reasonable requirements for obtaining permission to use protected material, we will all live in a better digital world.

A word about “fair use”: Any image or other possibly copyrighted material used on this blog is used under the provisions of the Doctrine of Fair Use. A fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody an alleged copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement.

While we do make every effort to respect copyrights and author’s rights, unless an image or document is clearly and conspicuously identified as protected, which is at the discretion of the alleged owner who chooses to give notice or not to give notice, we reasonably presume that the image or document is not copyrighted. Once such material is used on this site, we reserve the right to remove it or to leave it in place.

We comply with the above and encourage authors and users to do the same.

The Editor

First Published on February 4, 2014
Last updated on January 5, 2019

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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6 responses to “A Word on Copyright and Ownership & DCMA

  1. bill

    March 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm



  2. bill

    March 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Please folllow through on the mayor’s mail not being postage paid by ravena post office. Stuff like that happens at the Ravena post office all of the time! and nobody does anything about it. Also postmaster Gina (Schmit) Andrews is getting a real big pay raise, after Sept she will be postmaster of Ravena, Alcove, Coeymans Hollow, Hannacroix, Coeymans, and New Baltimore, the post office is doing away with the postmaster jobs there, they are forcing postmasters out any way they can, with early retirement etc to save money, and making Gina the postmaster of all post offices. anyone who works in those post offices will work under Gina no penison or benifits etc, Gina gets a big raise! Who soes she know? She is already running Hannacroix and Coeymans post office, that is why the roof fell in on the Coeymans post office, I used to see the last postmaster shoveling the snow off of the roof and front parking area but after Gina took over it never got done and the roof of the post office fell in. Lucky no one got killed. check the post office web site postmaster finder to find out who is running what post office. Information is changing and most will change after sept 30. I hope gina enjoys her big raise, after gina takes over Hannacroix, Coeymans, Alcove, Coeymans Hollow and New Baltimore, those post offices will only be open 2 hours, 4 hours, or 6 hours a day with no postmaster, Gina will be their postmaster. and Gina can than send more polical mail out with no postage. Gina gets a promotion and reward for not charging postage on certain polical mail. And also even if someone else put polical mail or anything in a mailbox without postage the post office is supposed to bring it back to the post office and get postage due it.
    Tell everyone to call Hannacroix, New Baltimore, Coeymans, Coeymans Hollow, Alcove post office to find out what date and what the new shorter hours will be, or call the Ravena post office and ask Gina what the new hours will be. Also tell everyone to look at the postal web site postmaster finder for information and watch the web site because new information is updated all of the time.



    • RCS Confidential

      March 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks very much, Bill! We certainly do appreciate the information and all of the input!

      The Editor


      • Jim

        July 27, 2018 at 9:43 am

        Do you have a mailing address?


      • Principal Editor

        August 4, 2018 at 10:04 am

        we do not. please use our comment feature to communicate with the blog admin. You can also communicate confidentially with



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