NCG has improved its copyright warning


erasing   It looks like our “pro bono” efforts (shlep‘s and those of webloggers around the world) to correct the erroneous copyright notice at North Country Gazette, has apparently been successful.  As our Commentor Sansavarous noticed this morning, items dated October 24, 2006 at NCG no longer have the erroneous statement “Fair use is not applicable.”   Unfortunately, the SideBar continues to have the obnoxious warning “In accordance with Fair Use of Copyright: WE FORBID ANY REPRODUCTION in part or in whole of The North Country Gazette.”

In addition to a Commentary piece, which remarkably only has “© 2006 North Country Gazette” after the article, along with a general notice in the footer, you can find examples of the cleaned-up copyright notice here:

The new version still claims to prohibit all copying “without the express written permission of the publisher,” but that’s a fight for another day (and another weblogger).   [Special thanks to Eugene Volokh and Cory Doctorow, who really got this campaign moving after our first post. Volokh continues the topic in another posting today, Oct. 25, 2006)]

BUT SEE: Woops: More Threats from NCG’s June Maxam


  1. shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress » Blog Archive » it’s back: Maxam again claims “Fair Use is not applicable”

    October 26, 2006 @ 10:25 am


    […] david giacalone – October 26, 2006 @ 10:25 am · News Items   After posting her news articles for one day without claiming that “Fair Use is not applicable” (see our prior post yesterday), June Maxam of the North Country Gazette has re-inserted that erroneous assertion in NCG’s copyright warning in pieces put online on October 25, 2006.  For example, look at the bottome of this editorial, and this, this, and that news article.  Maybe such obliviousness-stubborness is why she is on Libertarian Rick Stanley’s Patriot A List, which honors “Patriots who do more than talk about standing up to those in government that are operating outside the law or under color of law.“  Note: Ms. Maxam changed: This article is copyright protected and Fair Use is not applicable. to: This article is copyright protected. Fair Use is not applicable. Even if psychologists can’t offer long-distance analysis, we’d like to know from legal textual experts and our linguist friends at Language Log whether turning the two clauses into two sentences makes an important difference. […]

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    October 26, 2006 @ 6:54 pm


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  3. david giacalone

    November 22, 2006 @ 4:19 pm


    See Maxam’s Gazette Removes Fair Use Disclaimer. I hope this happy ending lasts.

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