Obtain a license 2

Would you like to obtain a license?

Regular readers of this blog know that I post a lot of small snippets from larger articles that I think you should read. To do this I highlight and copy that text from the original, paste it here, and then link to the original. Yeah, well, that’s usually easy. This weekend I ran into this the moment I tried to right-click or CTRL-C…

Obtain a license

Obtain a license 2Well isn’t that special?

Click “Yes” and I get the options shown to the right; none of which apply to my situation. I don’t want to post a link to a social media service, reprint the whole article on my blog, or get a PDF. I want to post an excerpt under fair use.

Click “No” and the windows disappears, placing none of the highlighted text into my clipboard.

Click “Quit asking me” and the window disappears. Try again to copy as usual and everything works as it should.

Fine, you want me to pay a fee to reprint your whole article, that’s your right and I’ve got no problem with that. But the idea that this site feels the need to make it complicated and non-obvious to take advantage of fair use, just pisses me off and is one more example how the current copyright regime, totally favoring corporations is not doing us any good in the long run.


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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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