"Information wants to be free." An oft-quoted phrase, almost a mantra for many. I was surprised to find that it was taken from a quote which, taken in context, gives a completely different viewpoint to the one represented by the well-known (isolated) sentence.
Oh, the Stewart Brand of Whole Earth Catalog fame. Uh, tell me: how many royalty checks did he ever refuse
, because he was in effect charging for compiling information?
And I realize that the publishers, the big book sellers, etc. often make more than the author. Which changes nothing; its like he was Orwell, saying: "Information wants 2B free... except when I sell it".
Now let's relate that to internet boards, including this one (and other commercially owned ones that bit of hypocrisy was posted on by whomever). A short quotation like that is of course Fair Use, though you should also list the source.
But what about the long articles that ppl c/p to boards? Sure they generally post links, but also articles in full, not excerpts
. Sorry, but that's stealing
the intellectual property of the actual writer and the publication (even an online one).