Tuesday, January 26, 2010

EULAs

Huh?

Yeah, that's what I said when I saw the abbreviation, too. But it's the central point in this interesting article by "business and technology lawyer" Daisy Yu in E-Commerce Times, to which I was alerted by Richard Marcus's blog about poker and casino cheating. Go see what it's talking about, and how EULAs may relate to the various online cheating scandals our favorite game has produced in recent years.

Incidentally, the last time I mentioned Marcus's blog was when I discovered that he was ripping off other people's material and pretending it was his own. Now it seems that he has partially reformed, and at least names a source before reposting--presumably without permission--entire articles. I think it's generally preferable to give a link to the original, rather than reproducing whole works.

2 comments:

Grange95 said...

With respect to Richard Marcus' new habit of printing most/all of someone else's work with attribution, while it is a good improvement over wholesale plagiarism, it likely still qualifies as copyright infringement.

Copyright law allows for "fair use" of another's work for certain purposes, typically for crticism, commentary, and education. (See the Wikipedia article on "Fair Use" for a fairly thorough discussion of the topic). Marcus' actions seem not to qualify as fair use, as there seems to be no purpose for reprinting entire articles with no additional commentary. Also, the extent of his "excerpting" (if one an excerpt an entire work) seems excessive for the purpose of directing his readers to an article he liked.

Your preference for linking to entire articles and maybe quoting a small, particularly relevant portion in your blog is easily the better--and more legally defensible--approach.

Champ said...

+1 to Grange 95 comment

I cant believe how blatant and lazy Marcus' articles are! Too bad he has comments turned off!