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Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Is Scribd legal?

I am a proud owner of a new Sony 505. Just started playing around with some of it's features. To my surprise and joy I see that it is easy to download from Scribd. So many of the books there are contemporary and ones that I could buy at the bookstore (and I think with the copyright still operating, not public domain). Is it legal to download them? I hope so. I love the more esoteric books that are more rare and expensive to buy and they are there for free.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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No, quite often these book uploads are violating that author's copyright.
See this thread.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36978
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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How do you find out if something is copyrighted or not? For example today I downloaded some of Carl Jung's books. Was that legal? Isn't Scribd supposed to remove copyrighted material.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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There is information in the FAQ section of the Scribd site that addresses copyright isues; the onus seems to be on users to not upload iffy stuff in the first place, and to report iffy stuff that does appear. One section says:

"What types of items are not allowed on Scribd?

You may not upload content for which you do not have the necessary legal permission. Always be aware of a document's copyright status. You may be held responsible for copyright violations.
Scribd is for the publication of personal documents only. You may not use Scribd for HTML advertising and search engine optimization.
You may not upload any content considered illegal in the United States.
Scribd does not permit racist or hateful content.

If you see content that violates these terms, please use Scribd's document flagging system and the document will be reviewed. Be sure to read our Terms of Service for more information."
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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Thanks, I don't download illegal music and I don't want to download illegal books either.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:31 PM   #6
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What makes Scribd tuff is that some publishers have been using it to make free promo copies of some of their authors books available on it so sometimes uploads of more current stuff are legit.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:22 AM   #7
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Carl Jung died in 1961. His works won't be out of copyright in most of the world until 2032, in Canada and some other parts of the world until 2012, and in the US it's more complicated. Anything he published in the US before 1923 is public domain in the US. Anything else may or may not be copyright until 2019 depending on whether the copyright was renewed.

Copyright lengths are horribly complicated in the US, and far too long everywhere.


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How do you find out if something is copyrighted or not? For example today I downloaded some of Carl Jung's books. Was that legal? Isn't Scribd supposed to remove copyrighted material.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:48 AM   #8
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"Scribd" do not appear to be very vigilant in purging illegal material from their site. I would suggest taking great care in what you download, and checking whether or not it is in the public domain in your country.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:35 AM   #9
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In short: It is up to you to check what is legal or not. Personally, I think that Scribd's ways are very dangerous and that they won't go on like that for long. (I even saw a book by Patricia Briggs there!)
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