21 06 2008

Suspension of local, national and international news items on this disability forum!

This disability forum will no longer add local, national, or international disability news items. I will not spend my time arguing the merits of the United States Copyright Act sections regarding the “fair use” doctrine with business oriented short-minded individuals who have no clue as to the extent of disability discrimination around the globe. Local, national and international news organizations claim a proprietary right to reported public information. These news organizations are attempting to curtail any other public use of that news event. Below are links to information on the “fair use” doctrine and a 20 June 2008 discussion with Anne Freedman, Web Editor/News Editor, www.HREOnline.com, Human Resource Executive magazine.

I would advise anyone interested in local, national, or international disability news to create a Google Alert for the following words or set of words – disability, disabled, discrimination, disabled police, discrimination disability. Through this process, anyone with an interest in disability issues throughout the world can obtain daily disability updates and keep abreast of new and valuable information.


U. S. Copyright Office – Fair Use


Stanford University Libraries: Copyright and Fair Use – Chapter 9. Fair Use

20 June 2008 6:06 AM

Hi Glenn.

I noticed that you printed the entirety of one of our stories on your disability weblog: https://ganolen.wordpress.com/

That violates our copyright. Please feel free to print a brief excerpt and a link to the entire story on our page, but do not post the entire story on your site.



Anne Freedman
Web Editor/News Editor
Human Resource Executive magazine
747 Dresher Road
Suite 500
Horsham, PA 19044
(215) 784-0910, ext. 6382
Fax: (215) 784-0275

20 June 2008 10:16 AM

I would humbly ask Human Resource Executive Online for permission to use this story in my attempt to report local, national and international disability news. I am unaware of any other disability venue that reports local, national, and international disability news items in one venue. I apologize for not obtaining advanced permission, but I honestly did not believe any organization would have a problem with my attempt to report this very important disability news item to the disabled local, national, and international community.

I understand this is a problem in some circles. The Associated Press is also attempting to curtail the use of their news items on web logs or blogs. I give the lead to your story, the author of your story, the date, name, and URL of the reporting organization. I do not claim to be an expert on “fair use” or copyright limitations, but I am simply reporting local, national, and international disability news on my web log. Again, I apologize for not obtaining advanced permission. My web log is not a commercial enterprise, and is simply my attempt to report disability news.

The effect on the potential market for your copyrighted story is limited to my small readership, which averages twenty hits per day and has never gone much over forty hits in one twenty-four hour period. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is such an important news item to the disabled community that your reporting uniquely captures that I never thought about not including it in its entirety. Please forgive me!
Collaboration Leads to Revised ADA Bill

The proposed law will expand narrow court interpretations that have restricted ADA coverage in the workplace for people with disabilities. It is expected to increase the overall number of disabled people able to request reasonable accommodations, but should not have a significant impact on ADA employment policies already in place.

by Tom Starner

June 19, 2008

Human Resource Executive Online


Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered “fair,” such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

the nature of the copyrighted work;

amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The distinction between “fair use” and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.

Glenn Allen Nolen

20 June 2008 12:07 PM

Glenn, we don’t have a problem with you excerpting some of the story on your site, but you can’t post the entire story. If you just pull out a couple of paragraphs that you think are most relevant to your readers and then offer them a link to the story on our site to read the whole thing, that’s fine.
We’re not attempting to go the AP-route, and try to deny use or charge for coverage.
Plus, it’s possible your readers will find other stories on our site — many of which deal with benefits and recruiting issues relating to disability — that may be useful.

Anne Freedman
Web Editor/News Editor
Human Resource Executive magazine
747 Dresher Road
Suite 500
Horsham, PA 19044
(215) 784-0910, ext. 6382
Fax: (215) 784-0275




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