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Deadly Sin #4: Violating Copyright

Unlike spam and hacktivism, copyright violations are endemic in online activism. Some people even believe that if copyrighted material is redistributed by a nonprofit organization, the organization is automatically shielded from liability. I'm not an attorney, but I know this isn't true.

I can think of three very good reasons why redistributing copyrighted material that you haven't been given permission to redistribute, as part of an activism initiative, is a bad idea:

  1. It can get you sued.
  2. It makes you look sloppy.
  3. Have I mentioned that it can get you sued?

In Chapter 7, I explain how to find copylefted and public domain material that you can use in your activism efforts. That's a much safer, and therefore more useful, approach than just cutting-and-pasting something from a website.

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