After last week’s thoughts on copyright, someone pointed out to me this rather unusual copyright statement, and I just had to pass it on to my fellow SSPers:

First, you must not plagiarize our material.  Plagiarism is the act of passing off as your own the words, photographs, or other work of someone else.  Second, you must not violate our copyright or any one else’s copyright, which means you may not use any images or text from the Early Office Museum web site in publications, in direct mailing material, on web sites, in auction listings, or anywhere else without written permission from the Curator (see link on home page).  In some cases, images belong to someone else, and we cannot give permission.  If you make legitimate non-infringing use of information from this web site, you must cite the Early Office Museum and provide our web address ( or or a link.  “Legitimate non-infringing use” is non-commercial use of no more than two images and 300 words of text, enclosed in quotation marks.  People who use material from this web site without giving proper credit are below green slime on the evolutionary scale.

See it live at the Early Office Museum.

Great job guys!

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2 Thoughts on "The Best Copyright Statement — Perhaps Ever"

Interesting that they’ve decided to define “fair use” for you. I’m not sure a court of law would agree with them.

I notice that although your extract was below 300 words, and you did have an opening quotation mark, you didnt fully *enclose* the text in quotation marks… 🙂

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