This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson email@example.com, Soaring Golden Eagle firstname.lastname@example.org and Alan Houser email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
From: Mike Walton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 5 May 1996
Q. "I want to print/use/copy some of the great postings
here. Can I do this legally and if I can't, how do I get
permission to do so?"
A. That's a gray area. There are laws in the United States that
say that anything you "publish" is copyrightable, and if
others want to use it, they must ask for your permission. Of
course, that means squat if you live in Denmark and find
some Scouting recipe or song here. There's also a USENET
"common sense rule" that basically states that if you want
to use something that you obtained here, you need to ask the
person that posted it. Of course, that "rule" isn't carved
in stone. So, I would just *ask* the person if it's okay.
For more information see postings in the group:
news.announce.newusers, and read the post
entitled: Copyright Myths FAQ.