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Statement of Fair Use Doctrine

Section 107 of the Copyright Act states that:

"In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include -
  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."

[From The Copyright Website]

Our understanding of the Fair Use doctrine of the Copyright Act is that it allows us to present links to copyrighted news sources, so long as those links open a new window to the original content, and we do not copy the material in order to present it as our own. We will only publish material on our website that has been authored by our editors or guest contributors, or is in the public domain. 

If you're interested in copyright issues, the following links might be of interest:

  What is Copyright?
  The Copyright Website
  Managing the Digital Enterprise -- Intellectual Property on the Web
  Copyright Resources on the Web

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