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NO explicit pictures.

IMPORTANT COPYWRITE GUIDELINES:
DO NOT QUOTE whole sections of any article unless you have the author's expressed written consent! NO EXCEPTIONS! Before you post, you need to check the news articles, or websites copywrite expression. Some websites will not even allow you to post a few sentences without written permission.
The proper way to post an online article is to copy the first one to two sentence and then provide the link so others may go to the article and read it. If you are unsure, don't just post, ask a moderator.

THE LAW REGARDING FAIR USE:
What is the fair use doctrine? "In certain circumstances, a person or organization can reproduce copyrighted material without paying royalties--fees paid to the copyright holder for the privilege of reproducing the copyrighted material" (Miller & Jentz, 2006, p. 147). Section 107 of the Copyright Act (Title 17, U.S. Code) outlines these provisions. Fair use includes "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research" (Copyright.gov). Section 107 sets four factors in determining whether or not a particular use is considered fair (Copyright.gov, 2006). The distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined, because the specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission is not explicitly stated. However, in all cases, quotation and proper citation MUST BE USED when engaging in fair use of the original author's material! Resources: Copyright. (2006). U.S. copyright office. Retrieved November 1, 2005, from http://www.copyright.../fls/fl102.html Miller, R. L. & Jentz, G. A. (2006). Business law today: Instructor's edition (7th Ed.). Thomson/South-Western. Mason, Ohio

POSTING GUIDELINES - PLEASE RESPECT THEM
First and foremost, this place cost nothing but time to run. It's free and the tech service is also free.
As a moderated, Message Board, we welcome you as a member to post here. Unfortunately, we also know from experience there always seem to be those select few who join solely for the purpose of mocking, trolling and disrupting the members of the board or otherwise stirring up trouble for the sake of stirring up trouble. If this describes your motivation for joining, save both yourself and us the time and trouble and go elsewhere. We will not tolerate the mocking of our board and our members.

Board Policy

This board is for the discussion, promotion, and general chat. WE IN NO WAY ARE HERE TO INSIGHT VIOLENCE or CONDONE VIOLENT ACTS of any type. Posts may be edited for content or deleted at the sole discretion of the moderators/administrators of this message board. We reserve the right to remove any posts without notice to the author or those who have replied.

Account Restrictions

Each person may only have one account. People using multiple accounts may be banned. We reserve the right to suspend the posting privileges of any registered member without notice. Please note that on occasion a member may be blocked from accessing certain forums or using the private message system at the discretion of the moderators. This system checks IP addresses and logs them in, so if one tries to open more than one account the system will catch it automatically. Just don't do it!

On the off chance......
"Cooling Off" status is designated for members at times to discuss rule violations or clarify issues in private with the moderators. The goal of this temporary restriction is to come to an agreement/resolution in order to get the member back on the board with no account restrictions.
A Permanent Ban will result from severe abuse of the board.

General Rules
DO NOT POST ARTICLE CONTENT THAT YOU EITHER FIND ON THE WEB OR QUOTE FROM COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE THE ADMINSTRATION OF THIS FORUM. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO USE COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IN ANY FORM UNLESS YOU HAVE ATTAINED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR. IF YOU DESIRE TO SHARE A WEB ARTICLE PLEASE POST THE "TITLE" AS THE NAME OF THE THREAD AND THEN PROVIDE THE "LINK" ONLY. DO NOT SHARE ANY PART OF THAT CONTENT IN THE THREAD.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU MAY BE SUED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER IF YOU POST THEIR CONTENT ON THE WEB WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION!

IF ASKED BY A COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR YOUR IP INFORMATION IT WILL BE GIVEN.

Pay attention to forum categories and post threads in the best fit forum.

Please do not derail existing topics with a largely unrelated discussion.

Be gracious to other posters. No insults, flaming, name calling or personal attacks, etc.

When someone disagrees with you, by all means discuss it; but be slow to anger, and patient to resolve conflicts.

No trolling, soliciting members for donations, or spamming in either posts or via PM.

Please respect the privacy of others on the board.

No linking to immoral sites, porn, etc.

Please don’t post the same topic more than once or in more than one forum. (cross-posting).

If you post a link to another site, be it a video, article...whatever: Give a description of what it is that they will see. Just posting a link with a message such as "hey, check this out." will result in your post or thread being deleted.

NO POLITICS unless it pertains to anything gardening.....................................

Welcome to the board and Thank you for your cooperation

Please read before posting.

Here are some other guidelines to consider.

Registration to this forum is free. We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed above.

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We reserve the right to delete any message or thread, to ban a screen name, IP address, domain name, or email address for any reason we feel is deserved.

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