Note: I’m going to include a couple lines you will not find in this post. They are from a PM I received just today. Nonetheless, it’s all replies from all you see here.
[quote]Then I’d suggest something like the TOS including copyright notice that Internet Archive uses, or Google’s, and most of all be ready to “take it down” when notified.
I had that on the back of my head right when this website was being developed. Mind you, I began this project back in 2001 - four years in the making.
Are there other websites that use something as similar to the Internet Archive or Google? Speaking of Google, I’m going to add a robot.txt to my site so that no other search engine will pick it up on their cache. Can I cache the contract of the page, at least?
[quote]Use of a character might be regarded as a “derivative work” for copyright purposes, and the name and likeness of a character might also be subject to trademark law if it is identified in the public mind with one particular company […] and any other use of the character might cause people to believe it’s endorsed by the character owner (and could be considered “tarnishment” if it’s involved in something like pornography that some consider disreputable).
You just hit the tip of the iceberg. But it won’t be Disney or any of the U.S. cartoons - I’m not planning on using any of them. I did mention anime, you know.
[quote]Issues regarding fan fiction and fan art have no consistent case law, probably because copyright/trademark owners are reluctant to go to court against their fans due to the bad PR this causes, so actual cases are few, and are usually settled out of court when they occur because fans have little resources to fight back.
I wrote to Mattail a few days ago, and he said that the way I control my website, in terms of artwork and fanfiction, are well within the law. Probably for the fact I’m trying to keep it clean in terms of content:
I’ll do that, Mattail. Thanks for the thought.
[quote]Wammy - I suggest you start with the copyright owners. Go back to them and get their permission in writing. Make sure there is a “WIIFM” in the deal - i.e. What’s In It For Me? Offer them a % of the sales or subscriptions. This will actually help you as it might give you a stream of great content before anyone else and you will become a publisher for them.
How will that help? My site is not going to be for profit gain. I think that’s where the problem comes into play. Money, money, money…
Might as well get on with the project.
Thank you so much everyone. And thank you, Mattail, for helping me out with this mess.
I may come back and post, but only for web server set ups. By the way, I want to ask some followup questions:
- What is Managed Web Hosting?
- I heard that you don’t support MySQL as well as other sites because they are run at different servers. How will this affect Coppermine and phpBB or mwForum (which I will include on the server)?