The hosts of NazNet do not claim to be experts on copyright law, but here are some agreed upon principles that will provide guidance on this issue:
Items found elsewhere on the Internet don't have to carry a copyright notice to be considered legally copyrighted. The wisest approach to copyright is to assume all material is copyrighted unless there is clear evidence that it is in public domain. Material from magazines, books, and newspapers are almost certainly copyrighted.
There is a fair use doctrine that applies to copyright law. The idea is that people are free to quote minor portions of a work so long as they give proper credit.
With these two principles before us, we ask the participants of NazNet to follow these general guidelines:
Please don't copy articles from elsewhere on the Internet, or the words from an email distribution list, or articles from magazines or books, and post them on NazNet.
If you wish to quote someone, be sure your quotation would be considered to be an insignificant portion of the work you are quoting from, and that you give credit for it.
If the information is already on the Internet, it is probably better to simply post a link to the information you wish to share.
Concerning this issue, the hosts will deal with individuals who break copyright laws more from a pattern of posting on their part rather than single, isolated instances. In other words, if a person decides to copy an entire news item to NazNet, it will likely be ignored the first time. If they return in a few days with another article from elsewhere, they may receive an informative email, directing them to this portion of the FAQ. Then, if they continue, they may find their posts containing copyrighted material being deleted. Of course, the final step should never happen so long as those involved are willing to cooperate with the NazNet leadership.