If a web site has an explicit copyright notice with detailed
instructions about what the copyright owner permits, then
those instructions are legally binding. (02)
If there are no explicit instructions on some material, then the
presumption is that the copyright owner (author unless otherwise
stated) has *not* relinquished any rights to that material.
Anyone who wishes to copy anything from that site is legally
obligated to request permission from the owner of the site. (03)
In most cases, people are quite friendly about these issues and
have no intention of going to court. But it is common courtesy
to ask them before posting copies in public. The authors and
owners of web sites have the final say about what is permitted.
If they say no, you have to take it down. (04)
In particular, I would find it offensive to see all the intermediate
edits to my own documents posted online. I often change my mind
between the initial drafts and the final stages. The end result
is what I intend to publish -- not the intermediate steps. (05)
For the Ontology Summit, Peter collated material that other
people have contributed for the purpose of being posted on the
cim3.net web site. The signed endorsements are for the final
result, not for the intermediate stages. I completely support
Peter's complaints about posting all the intermediate stages. (06)
As for my slides, I'm pleased that you liked them. But I am
annoyed that you posted them online without asking permission.
I have been lazy about posting copyright notices on every
document, but following is a note that I posted on some pages: (07)
> Copyright ©1999, 2007 by John F. Sowa. Permission is hereby
> granted for anyone to make verbatim copies of this document
> for teaching, self-study, or other noncommercial purposes
> provided that the copies cite the author, the URL of this
> document, and this permission statement. Please send comments
> to John Sowa. (08)
I am always happy when people post a URL pointing to my web site.
But if they are going to copy anything, I would like to see
whether they're quoting things out of context. (09)
Summary: If Peter asked you to remove the material copied from
the cim3.net web site, I believe you are obligated to do so.
In any case, Ontolog is a good forum for friendly discussions.
Let's keep it friendly. (010)
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