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****************** Despite what the above notice says you could excerpt a few posts, better yet just paraphrase them a bit and have no real world legal worries. You certainly couldn't legally republish the entire website content or large portions verbatim, but uses of tiny bits may be covered under the "FAIR USE" exception/defense to copyright infingement. Paraphrasing, giving the same message with different words, is another way around the copyright infringment issues.
Parody has also been used as a defense. If they are quoting posts on this forum to make fun of us (an easy task given our excesses), its probably OK.
People get their lines all spun up about copyrights, but in the end, unless you get nailed by the RIAA for pirate music downloads, you are very unlikely to be a defendant in a federal court suit for copyright infringment. As for the criminal side, only Ckret could tell us with any authority. The feds have shut down pirate DVD and CD factories and arrested their operators, but as long as people are robbing banks, selling pirated software and forging social security checks, I don't think the FBI is going to be pursuing people for excessive quote lifting from dropzone.com.
(This post was edited by 377 on Feb 14, 2008, 12:36 PM)