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Is Copying Deal Descriptions Verbatim Copywrite Infringement? (Poll)

submitted on August 29, 2010 by deby32953 in "Buxr Website / Contests", last updated on November 25, 2010 by YanBz
I've worked very hard to reword product descriptions & code restrictions as to not infringe on copywrite laws. I see many posts w/exact verbatim wording from other sources. Is this considered copywrite infringement? Is it something we should avoid or does it not matter since we're helping to sell their products? Are company advertisements public domain? I'd really like to know as it would make my editing a lot easier if I could just copy & paste.
1. How Do You Word Your Deal Descriptions?
 I copy verbatim, it's a lot faster and more accurate.
 I reword to avoid copywrite infringement.
 I only reword when I need to save space but don't think about copywrite infringement.
 Who the heck care? This is a dumb topic!
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  • 77082
    jack69darin
    professor
    11 2 1
    Posted by jack69darin on August 29, 2010
    [reply] 0 1
    Really? yes it is!
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    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I was asked by admin to post this discussion topic. Thanks for the neg. vote.
    • 77108
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Also, about the copying descriptions verabim, is it allowed because of copywiting law? I always reword stuff as not to break that law but if it's not neccessary, it will save me a whole lot of time!"


      admin Posted by Solstice 6 hours ago [reply] 0 0
      "Post a discussion topic with that question, as the answer would be good for all to see."
  • 77083
    webbyone2010
    professor
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    Posted by webbyone2010 on August 29, 2010
    [reply] 3 0
    From the Wiki:
    Copied Content

    You can post deals found on other deal sites, but you can't copy their deal description verbatim. This is copyrighted content which belongs to that deal site, and it will be rejected. The workaround for this is to describe the deal in your own words. Copying a short snippet of a product technical specs (from the seller's website) is OK.
      77099
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks webbyone. I knew I'd read it in the Wiki but it's become to expansive I couldn't relocate it.
    • 77100
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Become "so" expansive.
  • 77087
    DebsFreebies
    professor
    2
    10 5 1
    Posted by DebsFreebies on August 29, 2010
    [reply] 2 1
    I think that "copying a short snippet" is the operative phrase.
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    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      It's been implanted in my brain from years of teaching to never copy verbatim but I see so much of it here. A lot on the Office Depot deals especially. I like to edit down to the bare minimum. Easier to read. No one likes to read a book in a deal! I never should've asked that 3rd question for the know-it-alls! Again, admin asked ME to post this topic! And now I'M being punished for it w/negative votes!&#@(&%%$+_%4@&^%3@@&%$#@*&!
    • 77102
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      Hey, you are even getting negative votes, Deb. That's what we get for trying to learn what the rules and laws are.
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    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 29, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      And following admins instructions.
  • 77184
    Perkalicious11
    novice
    Posted by Perkalicious11 on August 30, 2010
    [reply] 7 0
    I've always thought the fine print on a deal should be left in tact. If I omit parts or reword the fine print on a deal, it could change the meaning.

    My exception to that is when the retailer writes a grammatically poor or misleading description
    e.g. when the retailer uses three sentences to list three exclusions, I'll shorten those into a list of the exclusions.

    I agree with Deby about the novel, though: I think the average user will gloss over a post with full fine print, but I also hate when people complain that the code is no good because they didn't qualify for the discount.
    e.g. Large, Popular Store XYZ always excludes sale and clearance items from their discounts. You neglect to post that sale and clearance items are excluded, then you get negative feedback.

    For that reason, I tend to err on the side of more information. If I convey exactly what the retailer said, complain to the retailer when your order should have qualified and didn't. I don't have the authority to make those decisions.
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on August 30, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      In my opinion it is best to post the complete fine print in the comments and summarize the exclusions in the description
    • 77208
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 30, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      Great idea. Thanks!
    • 77209
    • deby32953
      professor
      Posted by deby32953 on August 30, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      Very well said, perk!
  • 77294
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on August 31, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    Thanks for the + vote, pablos!
  • 88913
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on November 24, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Still some confusion about this topic. I've been copying more rule descriptions since I've seen everyone else doing it and it is much quicker but got called down on it hard today. From now on, I'll make up my own.

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