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Seven Online Copyright Myths
By Judith Kallos

Possunt quia posse videntur ~ (Latin: They can because they think they can.)

One of the most misunderstood issues online has to do with copyright. Both with e-mail and Web site copyright issues. For some reason, as with many things online, there is this incorrect perception that anything goes. However, many are finding out the hard way that when it comes to protecting creative collateral, copyright is law. And, copyright laws can and are being enforced online.

No, I am not an attorney. Nor do I play one on T.V. But I can help you avoid potential problems based on guiding clients for over a decade. Hopefully, this effort will help others from finding out the hard way that copyright is alive and well online.

1) "I can right clïck, save anything online and use it how I wish."

This is a perfect example of just because you can doesn't mean you do! Those graphics or files were created by someone out there. They legally attained the copyright upon that file's creation. Without their specific permission to use that file or graphic, you have no right to just take it and use it as you please. Always ask a site owner before you illegally swipe anything off their site.

2) "As long as I note the author's name, I can use their site's content on my site."

Although you are being nice and giving credït where credït is due, you still need to ask the author's permission to post their work on your site. The author may not want their information posted anywhere off their own site or they many not approve of your site as a venue for their information - that is their choice to make not yours. Always ask a site owner if you can use their content before you put it on your site.

3) "I can link to graphics on other sites so that they display on my site."

O.K., maybe you didn't actually download the graphic and put it on your server, but if you are displaying someone else's work on your site without their permission the bottom line is still the same. And, you are using their server's resources to display something on your site. Shame on you!

4) "I can display pages from other's Web sites within frames on my site."

Many site owners prohibit their site pages from being framed within another site because it gives the impression that the other site created the information. Many times folks innocently do this so they don't have to send site visitors off their site for information they want to provide. Others do so to precisely give the impression it is content they created. A better option is to link to the information you like and create a new window to open when doing so to ensure your site is still available to your site visitors.

5) "If I only quote a portion of another site's content and link to them I do not need their permission."

Again, it would behoove you to have permission to do so. Using only portions allows you to possibly give the wrong impression about the author's overall content and this can be misleading at best. If you want to quote any written work in whole or part you need to ask permission to do so.

6) "If I pay someone to create graphics for my Web site, I own the copyright to those graphics."

Not necessarily. Unless your agreement with the graphic artist explicitly states that upon your payment all of their rights are then transferred to you, you most likely only have exclusive license to use those graphics. And to purchase the full copyright will cost you a bunch more than simple exclusivity! Understand that the moment anything is created whether it be written or drawn, the creator owns the copyright, ­ that's the law. Over the years I've had clients claim they own copyright just because they paid me to create this or that. It simply, legally, is not the case (and my contract(s) clearly state this - including their option to purchase my copyright if they so choose).

Copyright can only be transferred in a written legally binding agreement signed by the creator of the work stating they are transferring their rights to you. Saying you own it because you paid for it doesn't make it lëgal fact. If you do not have a written agreement specifically transferring the copyright to you, you do not own the copyright to those graphics.

7) "E-mail is not copyright protected once it is sent."

E-mail is a written work that once created is copyright protected by the author. This means you cannot post publicly an e-mail sent to you privately. You cannot post private e-mails to your site, to message boards or to your blog without the author's specific permission to do so.

Just because an e-mail was sent to you as a private communication does not mean you then own it and can do with it what you like. In addition, e-mail that is posted to a group of people, on a mailing list or Newsgroup does not make the e-mail available for reposting, copying, or any other use - not without the express and written consent of the writer.

What's the bottom line with online copyright?

Courtesy! Don't assume that you can use, repost or take anything you find online simply because you can. Be a courteous Netizen and always ask first!

You might be interested to find a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) page and policy statement on your ISP and hostïng provider's Web sites to handle complaints and reports of the above types of copyright abuse. Take some time to read that information and make yourself aware of your rights and make sure you do not infringe on others. The main resource for all the lëgal mumbo jumbo on online copyright and the DMCA is on the Government's site at http://www.copyright.gov.

Again, I am not an attorney nor am I providing lëgal advice. I hope I've informed you of some of the issues that need to be seriously considered by all who are online whether they are creating their own or using others creative or written works.

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    ?OK, Now What??: Inside Team Trump?s Scramble to Sell the Soleimani Hit to AmericaIn the hours after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, U.S. officials in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department worked overtime on assembling a plan to handle the fallout, only to watch senior administration officials and the president himself scuttle their effort in real time on national television.The ensuing days became a mad dash to reconcile the intense intra-administration tensions over what the intelligence actually said about Iranian plots, and how best to sell their case to the American public. At the very top was a president who stewed and complained to staff about how the killing he?d just ordered might negatively affect his re-election prospects and ensnare him in a quagmire in the Middle East of his own creation.The plan to take out Soleimani had been approved months earlier by President Donald Trump after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton pushed for more to be done to manage Iran?s aggression in the Middle East. But the president for years tried to avoid a direct military confrontation with Tehran, and hitting Soleimani was a move that could edge the two countries closer to war.When an American contractor was killed in Iraq in late December, President Trump?s national security team presented him with a slew of options on how to respond, and killing Soleimani was on the list. National security advisers reminded the president that he had publicly drawn a line in the sand, saying that if the regime killed Americans there would be severe consequences. Still, the strike was a departure from the regular Trump playbook and officials knew it would take a robust effort to explain not only the reasoning behind the attack but also the administration?s goal on Iran.?There was this sudden nature about it all. Yeah, it had been in the works for some time. But it didn?t feel like we were all thinking the same on how to move forward,? said one U.S. official, referring to the strike on Soleimani. ?It was like, ?OK, now what???For more than a week, Trump, Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and officials from the national security community, including at the Pentagon, held twice-daily meetings and conference calls to make sure all government agencies were on the same page regarding messaging, according to two individuals familiar with those conversations.Despite that effort, what resulted appeared to be an uncoordinated effort to justify an action by national security officials who were varied in their answers about the pre-strike intelligence and who struggled to define the administration?s strategy on Iran post strike.That internal confusion on how to re-frame the administration?s approach to dealing with Iran led to weeks of what appeared to be frequent mixed messaging, critiques about the administration's apparent lack of strategy, calls from Congress for more robust intelligence briefings?and allegations that Trump and his lieutenants were actively misleading a nation into a sharp military escalation.This article is based on interviews with 10 U.S. government officials and several former administration officials. The State Department and White House House did not comment on the record for this story.Worry over the ?counterpunch?For several days following Soleimani?s assassination, Pentagon officials warned Trump and his national security advisers that Iran had a variety of responses it could carry out to make the Americans pay. Among them, sources said, were Iranian attacks on senior U.S. military officers overseas, or violence targeting American outposts in countries like Iraq. Their bottom line was that Iran would hit back, and hit back hard.The president worried aloud to his team about how the strike could impact the way voters viewed him in the upcoming election. After all, avoiding costly foreign wars in the Middle East had been one of the key promises? and points of contrast?he made as a candidate in 2016.One official told The Daily Beast that in meetings at the White House Trump was ?preoccupied? with ensuring that his public statements on Iran?notably that he would not drag the U.S. into a war with the country?would hold following the assassination. Once Soleimani was gone, Trump was adamant that the administration ?get things back to normal? with Iran, one official told The Daily Beast.According to another U.S. official, senior administration officials, including President Trump, were framing the strike as a de-escalatory measure even before the attack was ordered. The idea was that if the U.S. didn?t hit Soleimani, more people would die because Iran would continue to carry out attacks in the region.Trump?s insistence on returning to ?normal? with Iran directly after he ordered the death of the Islamic republic?s top military leader underscores this president?s wild vacillations between diplomatic overtures and teasing violent retribution, where a call for peace one moment could be followed by a threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites?a tactic that is considered a war crime under international law.The president inquired about this not long before greenlighting, then abruptly calling off, military strikes on Iran that he approved knowing the body count was estimated to be high.And even as he publicly celebrated this massive escalation with Iran and aggressively campaigned on, and fundraised off of, his decision, Trump continued to lament privately to close allies that it would be ?crazy? to plunge America into another invasion or full-blown war in the Middle East, according to two people who spoke to Trump in the days following the Soleimani hit.He then pledged he would not ?let it happen? on his ?watch.?Of course, none of the president?s stated reservations about starting a new war, or his stated desire to bring soldiers home, kept him and his administration from deploying thousands more American troops to the region as the U.S. and Iran walked up to the brink of all-out warfare early this month.The Soleimani strike, though, forced the president to pause, even just briefly, to consider whether what he had ordered would have lasting, irreversible consequences?repercussions he?d never meant to bump up against.?You know, he's sincerely grappling with this, which is good. I mean, war should be hard and we should grapple with it. I just don't want any one person to say, okay, I've grappled with it we should do it,? Sen. Tim Kaine told The Daily Beast in an interview about the escalating tension in Iran. Since the Soleimani strike, the Virginia Democrat has led a bipartisan push in the Senate to rein in Trump?s authority to wage war in Iran without congressional approval.?If I were president I shouldn't have the ability to just on my own say, let?s do this,? Kaine added. ?It should be deliberative, because that's what the troops and their families deserve.?President Trump?s concerns were fed, in part, by comments from lawmakers and other analysts that the strike on Soleimani could lead quickly to a major, sustained conflict.?We need to get ready for a major pushback. Our people in Iraq and the Middle East are going to be targeted. We need to be ready to defend our people in the Middle East,? said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in an interview with The Daily Beast the night of the strike. ?I think we need to be ready for a big counterpunch.??Overselling the intel?In the first week after the Jan. 3 strike, officials appeared on television and radio shows in an attempt to frame the Soleimani strike as an act of de-escalation. Just hours after the strike, Brian Hook, the special representative for Iran, went on BBC World Service radio saying that killing Soleimani was designed to ?advance the cause of peace.?Officials at the State Department, in coordination with the White House, drafted talking points advising those who would appear in the media to underscore Soleimani?s ?malign activities? and his role in killing American troops over the years, according to two U.S. officials.But the White House wanted to advance a different argument?one that wasn?t about what Iran had already done, but what U.S. officials claimed Iran was about to do. They said the U.S. killed Soleimani because he was planning ?imminent? attacks that would harm American interests.That talking point in particular was emailed out to officials across the Pentagon, White House, and State Department, and even to several GOP lawmakers? offices repeatedly the week of the strike, according to several officials who spoke to The Daily Beast. It became, for a time, the central rationale the administration offered for the assassination.On the night of the hit, the Pentagon said only that Soleimani was ?actively developing plans? for an unspecified attack. By Sunday Jan. 5, Pompeo said on several morning talk shows that there were actually ?constant threats? from Iran, rather than a specific one the strike preempted. And officials told a varying story about how many Americans could be killed.That next week, in briefings to Congress, the administration struggled to explain what exactly the alleged ?imminent? attack was.Senators left a closed-door briefing Wednesday, Jan. 8, unconvinced, angry, and warning that the intelligence put forward did not match how senior officials described it. And when the dissatisfied lawmakers pressed for a clearer picture, Graham ended the briefing even though several members had yet to ask their questions.?It was right when things were really starting to get heated and Graham just said something like, ?Hey don?t you all have to get back to the White House??,? the source said.For Kaine, the problem wasn?t the intel, it was some of the messengers.?I think the intel has been strong. But I think some of the political people have been overselling the intel,? said Kaine. ?What I heard of the political folks doing seems to me to be significantly beyond what the intel says.?Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House intelligence committee who received a separate classified briefing on the Soleimani strike, said he ?saw nothing related to imminence.??To exaggerate your view of what intelligence means is dangerous,? he told The Daily Beast. ?This was either a misrepresentation or a degree of incompetence in analyzing the intelligence.?Senators were also displeased with how the administration?s briefers, including Pompeo, answered questions about Iraq and its parliament vote to oust American troops from the country after the Soleimani assassination. According to two people in the room, the briefers dismissed questions about the Baghdad vote, telling lawmakers ?don?t worry about it,? according to an individual who was in the room. ?One of them said ?that?s just how the Iraqis talk. We will take care of it.???When you take strikes? in Iraq over their objections, there?s going to be consequences to that. And that?s the kind of thing where you got to be thinking down the board. If they object to us using Iraq as a field of battle? but we?re saying yeah, we?re doing it anyway. Well, what do you think is going to happen?? Kaine told The Daily Beast in reference to the briefing. ?I certainly didn't get much sense that they had thought through, like, oh, they are probably going to kick us out of the country.?Trump on Jan. 9 told reporters that the intelligence actually showed that Iran was ?looking to blow up our embassy.? The next day, he went bigger in a Fox News interview, saying that there ?probably would?ve been four embassies.?But two days after that, on Jan. 12, Trump?s claim was put into question by his own defense secretary. In an interview on CNN?s State of the Union, Mark Esper conceded that he had not in fact seen a piece of intelligence ?with regard to four embassies.? But, in an apparent attempt to cover for Trump, Esper said the president ?believed that it probably and could have been attacks against additional embassies.?According to two officials who spoke to The Daily Beast, Trump was outwardly frustrated by critiques of his embassy claim, telling his close confidants that he was furious with Esper?s performance on CNN.Lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on the Trump administration to explain the president?s remarks, demanding briefings with Pompeo and other administration officials?which were scheduled this week and then canceled without explanation. According to two senior U.S. officials, Trump and Pompeo spoke about the need to avoid answering more questions about the embassy threats.?This whole episode has been one of mixed messages. Mixed messages is a function of no real strategy,? said Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee. ?When you don?t have a strategy, you get all sorts of confusing events on top of each other.??Aggressive opinions?Officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said part of that confusion on messaging came as a result of abundant input by GOP lawmakers with ?aggressive opinions on how to handle Iran,? as one official put it.In the days after the assassination, Trump spoke with Republican leaders in the Senate and the House, picking their brains on how to redefine the administration?s years-long policy of maximum pressure?a campaign to wage economic warfare on Tehran.Some of those same senators had publicly and behind closed doors denounced the administration?s maximum pressure campaign. They argued that the campaign wasn?t doing enough to change Iran?s behavior.In the days leading up to the strike, Graham spoke with President Trump. ?I won?t get into the details,? Graham told The Daily Beast. ?But he told me Soleimani was a target and that they had caught him red-handed.? Graham said he had advocated for the president to take a tougher military stance against Iran following the attacks on the Saudi oil refineries in September.?I didn?t have any specific targets in mind,? Graham said. ?I just thought we needed to be doing more.?Several national security officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said there was a push by GOP lawmakers, including Graham, in the days after the strike to fundamentally re-vamp the administration?s maximum pressure campaign by adding a military component.?If there are any more threats against Americans or our interests then we should hit refineries and oil infrastructure inside Iran,? Graham said. ?The military option should be on the table.?The campaign was not initially designed to include military power as a form of maximum pressure, according to two former Obama administration officials. Instead, its architects envisioned it as a means of economic strangulation, whereby Iran would be put under such crippling sanctions that it would opt to transform its foreign policy and take an unspecified grand bargain that the administration began offering after abandoning the nuclear deal in 2018.Graham told The Daily Beast that he is working on an alternative to the Obama administration's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.?I'm not surprised the President has close relationships with these folks,? Kaine told The Daily Beast, referring to GOP lawmakers. ?But it makes me nervous. Rather than senators pressuring the president, hey, go after Iran, let them make the case on the floor of the Senate.?After two weeks of shifting talking points on Iran, re-defining the administration?s policy, Pompeo seemed to edge the closest to articulating a clear response on the administration?s policy when he appeared for a speech at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Jan. 13.?President Trump and those of us on his national security team are re-establishing deterrence? against Iran. The goal is twofold. First we want to deprive the regime of resources. And second we just want Iran to act like a normal nation,? he said, sighing. ?Just be like Norway.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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