SOA Document Copyright Infringement?

somersett UnitedIt appears from recently submitted comments that two of our readers have an issue with the publishing of SOA documents on this website, questioning the right to do so and citing violation of copyright law.

In response, this website firmly believes that the SOA’s governing documents do not fall under the creative or intellectual property that is protected by copyright law.  Rather, that these documents fall under the public domain category and therefore, are free for this website to republish.

In addition, this website has published many SOA documents in the past without any complaint from the SOA Board of Directors.  Therefore, unless a formal complaint is received from the BOD, that establishes what law(s) have been violated, this website will continue to do so.

There is certainly no malice or profit intended in republishing these documents, rather it is for the convenience of our readers.  Also, do not see any harm to the Association in so doing, and therefore, what the fuss is all about!

Any copyright lawyers (no self proclaimed experts please) out there care to comment?

2 thoughts on “SOA Document Copyright Infringement?

  1. I am a self proclaimed non-expert. So I did a google search with the question “Can I copy content from someone’s website and put it on my own website?”
    You might want to do the same.
    Cheap free legal advice to do with your cheap free website.

  2. The posting of copyrighted material on this website is a violation of the your hosting company’s terms of service. Your identity will be disclosed by them to a plaintiff in response to subpoena.

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