I know that many of us look at other web sites to get detailed information. Many times we take some of that information and post it here.
It is very important that everyone fully understands Internet Copyright rules. Basically, it governs if you are able to copy words/pictures/etc from a site and use it on another site.
So, if you see some photos or phrases that you would like to post here on Spine-Health, you must FIRST verify that there is no copyright restrictions from the original site. There are major fines for anyone that posts copyright information without permission.
Since this is a private organization with a public oriented forum, the responsibility of ensuring copyright information is protected lies with the person doing the posting.
So to net it out, if Member A posts photos and passages from another site that is copyright protected and posts it here, the violation, penalties and fines would be imposed on the person making the post.
Therefore, I encourage EVERYONE before you take information from another site MAKE SURE there are no copyright restrictions. If you are not sure, contact the site and ask.
Two small examples:
My wife wanted to use some cartoons to illustrate a point regarding COPD. The site we found the correct photos was copyright protected. To legally copy one of those photos, we had to pay $25. If we copied those photos without paying, we could have be subject to a $5,000 fine.
Some sites even go to the point where you can not COPY a photo, they restrict that feature.
Phrases and words are harder to protect. Copying word for word from another site could be very illegal. If you can not find the proper copyright information, the best you can do is to post 'phrases' of the original information, and also including the source.
Remember, the penalty for illegal posting of copyrighted information lies with the Person posting the information. So, please make sure when you use information from other sites.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences