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Sharing copyright infringing material on metafilter?

What is the metafilter opinion on sharing links to material that might be infringing copyright? For example, https://readcomiconline.to/ They have the complete Maus, and several books by Will Eisner among others that I'm pretty sure they don't have the rights to. Am I right about that? I can't see anything on the site that suggests the DO have the rights. I'd love to create a metafilter post sharing these, but it seems wrong, since this is essentially a pirate site, as far as I can tell?
posted by Zumbador on Feb 11, 2020 - 30 comments

Will upcoming EU internet legislation affect/break MeFi?

After the plenary vote on the EU copyright reform directive (previously), word is spreading that the new EU rules are likely to impact the web as we know it. Though the directive in its current adopted form won't be law before spring, at the earliest, is there a mod appraisal, a reality check of what potential effects would be if&when it is enacted (in its latest version), here at the Best of the Web™?
posted by progosk on Sep 17, 2018 - 7 comments

photographic copyright

This AskMe question is looking for help in order to do something of dubious legality. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 5, 2017 - 72 comments

An explicit license for the infodump?

My impression is that all of the infodump data is in the public domain. Is that license explicitly stated anywhere? And, if it is stated somewhere, could we get that statement reprinted on the infodump’s home page and possibly bundled with the zipped downloads. It’d be nice to have some legalese posted somewhere so that no one feels at risk of getting into trouble.
posted by Hooray For Socks! on Mar 17, 2017 - 8 comments

This MetaTalk is blocked in your country on copyright grounds.

Minor pony request: flag for "I can't access the principal content this entire post is built around." Major pony request: some sort of automated "the links in this post are not viewable in the following areas, are you sure you want to proceed?" [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 9, 2015 - 58 comments

Making a poster out of a great AskMe answer - thoughts?

I talk about .kobayashi.'s epic 2010 dissertation model AskMe answer ALL THE TIME. (I am now an assistant professor advising graduate students.) I was thinking about having it made into a cool typographic poster. (Like this). Does this seem like a cool thing to do, intellectual property wise? Other issues?
posted by k8t on Jun 1, 2013 - 32 comments

He's dead, Jim.

To update followers of the Prenda Law porn-trolling copyright lawyers saga, Judge Wright has just issued a catastrophic order [.pdf] imposing sanctions and making criminal referrals, entertainingly littered with Star Trek references.
posted by T.D. Strange on May 6, 2013 - 1 comment

How can we improve access to primary research on MetaFilter?

Is there a community consensus about best practices for disseminating subscription-only journal material in threads? Also, what can we do to improve access within the community to primary research? Blasdelb's excellent comment in the Lenski thread prompted me to ask about this. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 8, 2012 - 41 comments

Piracy - better than sliced bread, or worse than murder?

Has a MeFi copyright thread ever "gone well"? Relatedly, has anyone ever had their mind or behaviour changed in the slightest respect by it?
posted by Sebmojo on Jun 19, 2012 - 194 comments

It Is Time to Stop Linking to the Same Bloody Article.

It Is Time to Stop Linking to the Same Bloody Article. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic on Jan 26, 2012 - 3 comments

Copyright infringement is not legal

Why do we allow posts to warez sites? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure on Jan 24, 2012 - 100 comments

Metafilter in my bookspam? It's more common than you think.

A bookseller on Amazon is selling content including mefi as part of a collated book. This looks suspiciously spammy, and I assume nobody at mefi has actually authorised this. Is this something that Metafilter Networks cares about?
posted by jaduncan on Jan 10, 2012 - 103 comments

Cookssource and Internet Publishing

Let's argue about Cooks Source again. She posted a self-righteous not-quite-apology today. I know a lot of people find this tiresome, but I actually think this is a fascinating case in the fascinating discussion of the future of copyright and publishing. [more inside]
posted by keratacon on Nov 17, 2010 - 17 comments

On linking to copyright-infringing downloads

On linking to copyright-infringing downloads. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 28, 2010 - 285 comments

Creative Commons at MeFi

"All posts are © their original authors." This is unfortunate. It would be great to see MeFi supporting Creative Commons and the free culture movement. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Jun 25, 2010 - 73 comments

Dear internet: find illegal goings-on here

I hope my concerns in this post are addressed. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on May 24, 2010 - 97 comments

Eight Million Ways to Die verus Sgt. Pepper

Why has this post been allowed to stay while this one was not? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Jan 29, 2010 - 103 comments


Copyright... we've all followed the various debates, and we know theres all kinds of morally ambiguity and grey areas and stuff involved. But where there isn’t much grey area at all are sites that are explicitly for the warezing of mass quantities of digital media. Could we not link to them or offer them our breathless support on the front page or use the site for the swapping of invites for them? Plenty of other places for that. Thanks.
posted by Artw on Dec 13, 2009 - 535 comments

Help me see this youtube video in Canada.

The youtube video in this FPP is not available in my country (Canada) due to copyright restrictions. I've watched it before and would like to watch it again. Can someone either point me to it somewhere else online where it might work (maybe on youtube at another account), or at least tell me the proper title or some info I can use to search myself? Thanks.
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Nov 23, 2009 - 12 comments

Iconic unattributed photographs.

The no-attribution discussion is derailing this thread on famous photographs. Let's have it here instead. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 26, 2009 - 44 comments

Yuoko.com & ©

It's inevitable, so I'll bring it up: the copyright-defying This American Life via Yuoko.com post. Let's talk, shall we? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Oct 22, 2009 - 145 comments

We have always been at war with the DMCA....

What is MeFi policy on linking to material that is copyrighted in the US? If we don't have one, did I inadvertently do something that might cause a problem for mathowie? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 17, 2009 - 14 comments

Sita Sings

Sita Sings the Blues, the animated Ramayana by MeFi's own Nina Paley, is finally going to air on TV on March 7th on PBS (WNET) in New York. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Feb 24, 2009 - 29 comments

Copyright discussion

jessamyn has invited us to have a discussion about copyright issues in MetaTalk. So here it is.
posted by grouse on Sep 2, 2007 - 62 comments

wanna come over and watch a movie?

I download what I imagine might be legally construed as "copyrighted material" all thie time. But I'm actually upset with this post because I know some people that worked on US v. John Lennon. (Double standard, I know.) So are there any guidelines about posting full-length, copyrighted movies? Is this post this even in good taste? Where's the context? Does it have any intent other than to illegally distribute a movie? Is this even a problem?
posted by phaedon on Jun 3, 2007 - 54 comments

Can I Legally Post This To MeFi Music?

Sometime in the early nineties a now long lost friend of mine recorded a cd. I can't seem to locate him and it's been quite a few years since we last talked. I found a copy of his cd and want to post a few of his songs to MeFi Music. (I love the cheesy pop-techno sound of a few of these tunes and the memories they bring back.) I "played" on stage with him (keyboard flourishes...very minimal playing on my part) and spent many hours in the studio with him on more than one occasion during the recording of said cd. Given that information, would posting the songs be an OK thing to do? Are there legal issues?
posted by gummi on Mar 27, 2007 - 18 comments


What's the deal with posting songs on AskMeFi? I've contacted some users to ask if I can sample something of theirs, and while I have no problem doing this (and will continue to ask), I think it would be neat to be able to specific a creative commons (or other more restrictive) licenses. I know they could simply specify themselves, but it would be nice to make things unambiguous by default. Not hugely important, but I think it would be helpful.
posted by phrontist on Mar 11, 2007 - 14 comments

FPPs to Copyrighted Material

Is there a definite rule about not FPPing links to possibly copyrighted material? As Viacom noticed there's a lot of videos on YouTube that probably shouldn't be there, and I'm unsure if we're allowed to include such things in posts.
posted by roofus on Feb 9, 2007 - 60 comments

Why are some links ok and others are not?

So, this FPP linking to a copyrighted movie is ok, but this one discussing how to download music in a place where it's legal to do so is not. An Inconvenient Copyright Law, indeed. Is there a rational explanation for the disparity?
posted by Kickstart70 on Jan 10, 2007 - 57 comments

I like stavros. I like copyright infringement.

I like stavros. I like copyright infringement. I like the kind of hard work that goes into a FPP like this. But there's something about this Wii-winning post that doesn't sit well with me. Could you help me put my finger on it?
posted by localhuman on Dec 29, 2006 - 258 comments

Posting Copyrighted Youtube Links

Is there a policy on posting Youtube links to stuff that is (most likely) under copyright? I apologize if this has been asked before, but I swear I searched the archive...
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 22, 2006 - 12 comments

Is this post facilitating copyright infringement?

Is this post facilitating copyright infringement?
posted by ZenMasterThis on Nov 21, 2006 - 20 comments

Is There a MeFi Policy for In Thread Music Links?

What's the policy on posting music links in thread?
posted by felix betachat on Oct 28, 2006 - 6 comments

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks"

"take all copyright/theft discussions that are not on topic to METATALK, thanks" Done.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jul 19, 2006 - 61 comments

Copyright violation callout

posted by loquacious on Mar 21, 2006 - 28 comments

Links to Copyrighted Material

As it's alright now to start posting links to copyrighted material, I wondered if anyone could FPP details on where to find the latest movies, albums and software.
posted by seanyboy on Aug 22, 2005 - 52 comments

Can I make a claim?

All posts are © their original authors.

Does this mean I have a claim to a comment I wrote in a now-deleted AskMe thread? I am aware of how © protects an author's work from unauthorized reproduction, but how about unauthorized deletion?
posted by scarabic on Jun 23, 2005 - 32 comments

Poems in comments

Bendy makes a good point here. Even though it's easy to do, is it really fair to copy whole poems in threads? We stop people linking to other infringing files, yet the copying of poetry seems to get a free pass. [vaguely related comment inside]
posted by seanyboy on Apr 19, 2005 - 62 comments

Piracy of Calvin and Hobbes.

Perhaps I'm not the model MeFi poster, and call me old-fashioned, but I find something really, truly shady about the abject, unapologetic theft of another's creativity being advocated on the Blue. Does piracy qualify as the best of the web?
posted by AlexReynolds on Feb 27, 2005 - 277 comments

I will be studying MetaFilter this semester for an e-communities class project

I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information studying human-computer interaction. I am posting this thread to let you know that I will be studying MetaFilter this semester for an e-communities class project. My term paper will describe MetaFilter’s purpose, the technologies used, roles, identifiers and identities, intergroup relations, norms of behavior, and governance mechanisms. For more information about the course, see http://www.si.umich.edu/~presnick/courses/winter03/684/

I will make my findings available at http://www.noor.bz/ecommunities. Feedback would be welcome any time. I have also included information there about how your privacy will be protected.

If you have any concerns about how I am conducting this study, you may contact me by email at nooraz at umich dot edu.

Thank you!
posted by nalihasan on Jan 31, 2005 - 121 comments

Would it be hard to offer users to option of putting their posts under a Creative Commons license?

Would it be hard to offer users to option of putting their posts under a Creative Commons license? Users that go for it could have a (cc) link (to the license they chose) put in the byline of their posts.

Just a bit more copyright-friendly.
posted by Count Ziggurat on Nov 20, 2004 - 23 comments

The copyright notice at the bottom of all 3 colours still stops at 2003.

The copyright notice at the bottom of all 3 colours still stops at 2003.
posted by zadcat on Sep 23, 2004 - 22 comments

Let me tread carefully here.

Let me tread carefully here. Is there a legit way people could post entire articles that require payed subscription (Atlantic, Salon, TNR, etc.) for the rest of us who have no subscriptions?
posted by semmi on Aug 26, 2004 - 28 comments

Old Copyright Info

I notice the copyright information on The Grey, The Blue and The Green all say 2000-2003.
posted by terrapin on Jan 17, 2004 - 6 comments

Old Copyright Notices

Copyright notices are old...

I just happened to notice that the copyright notices are for 1999-2002 in MeFi and 1999-2001 in MetaTalk... just a heads up on that.
posted by clevershark on Mar 4, 2003 - 7 comments

Copyright Notification

© 1999-2002 The MetaFilter Network

Time for an update?
posted by Orange Goblin on Feb 2, 2003 - 33 comments

Linking to Copyrighted Material

Isn't this link to copyrighted material illegal? Or at the very least, unethical? Not trying to stir up controversey over the whole "file sharing" debate, just don't want MetaFilter sued for distribution of material that's both copyrighted & commercially available.
posted by jonson on Dec 6, 2002 - 42 comments

"All posts are (c) their original authors"

"All posts are © their original authors". That's what it says at the bottom of this page. My question: is that true, and is it true whether it says so or not? A friend who owns a mailing list has been threatened with a liable suit by a person who feels they were "defamed" in a post by a member. Is the list owner really responsible for what members post? Could Matt be sued for members rants about real people, and is there a difference (as an example) between saying "Ashcroft is an asshole" and "I think Ashcroft is an asshole"?
posted by Mack Twain on Nov 5, 2002 - 22 comments

Wall Street Journal Copyright

This is about the fifth or sixth thread since July to link to an e-mailed article from the Wall Street Journal Online. I only bring this up because it violates the terms of WSJ.com's subscriber agreement, and could cause copyright problems both for the individual users linking to them and for the 'Filter.
posted by dogmatic on Sep 24, 2002 - 5 comments

Will MetaFilter soon be illegal?

Will MetaFilter soon be illegal? (or more likely Fark.COM)? The Ninth Circuit Count ruled in February that linking to copyrighted material was illegal. The actual ruling was that inline linking or framing of content (like Google Image Search) infringes on the public display rights for copyrighted material.
(more inside)
posted by patrickje on Apr 10, 2002 - 12 comments

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