Fair Use or Copyright Infringement?

Good Day to You,

Today I find myself at a crossroad.

In fact, at the end of this post, you’ll find a short poll.

No contact information is being required to take it. You are only asked to make a choice on one multiple choice question.

Please read the reason for this poll and then select your response.

By Openclipart – Click/Tap image to visit the source.

Why the question:

A new free PDF is ready to be offered to you. I could give it to you right now, but there’s an issue.

This is another “Policies Quick Reference” that will be very helpful to both my potential customers, and to potential Affiliate Marketers.

Like the previous Quick Reference about the Advertising Policies at WordPress, this gives you an easy way to locate specific information. These Quick References are being created as an easy tool to help you understand the sources I’m using.

They are also my way of saying THANK YOU for visiting. In this way you can grab something useful, something unique and original. Something created by me, not found anywhere else (to my knowledge). Something of Quality that you can use.

I intend to contact each website owner/administrator and give them a copy of my work for review. This is done as a courtesy and gives them the chance to offer corrections or modification suggestions if needed.

Automatic responded with approval for the one I published on WordPress.

This particular website doesn’t make it easy to contact them unless you have purchased a product or are already a member of their program.

They do provide a toll free phone number, but again the same problem exists when confronted with the automated answering system.

Pressing “zero” produces nothing at all, instead of getting a service representative as you would expect. Frankly, this left me feeling like a big ZERO.

They do have a profile page on Twitter. They were tweeted and given a link to the PDF for their review. That was early this morning, over 12 hours ago. I have no idea when or if they will respond.

I’m going to provide a Resource Link so that you can make an informed choice on the poll. Please feel free to leave a comment as well.

Copyright Bomb by cliparteles – Click/tap the image to view the source.

Why I feel this is “Fair Use”

My thoughts are based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice, which the source I am using has a link to.

“The purpose and character of the use”

These PDFs are “transformative”. They add “expression” and “insight”. They can also be considered a tool for “research” because they provide you with an easy reference.

“The nature of the copyrighted work”

The original is “factual” and “published”, which are “less protected, so its use is more likely to be considered fair”.

“The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole”

The majority of the work wasn’t used, only the headings from each webpage. Also, the original work is always referenced.

“The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work”

“If the criticism of a product influences people to stop buying the product, that doesn’t count as having an “effect on the market for the work” under copyright law”.

If anything, this PDF provides easy access to their Policies.

The Source for this statement:

The bolded text and quotes above are taken for the source referenced below. Please review this source before responding to the poll.

Copyright and Fair Use – DMCA – Support – WordPress.com

Here is the Poll:

This is more an issue of integrity for me than really being a copyright issue, because as noted above, I believe this to be a matter of “Fair Use”.

You are welcome and encouraged to start a conversation in the comments, after taking the poll.

I’m interested in your thoughts and how you would act under these circumstances.

You can help me make a policy choice regarding my timing, offering these PDFs in the future. Wait for a response, or go ahead and offer it up?


I will not be offering the PDF in question.

The voting is on the side of waiting for approval from the website administrator.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the poll!

Comments are still open on this post, so feel free to share your thoughts.

This helps me decide on the policy for offering new Policy Quick Reverence PDFs in the future.

All PDFs of this nature will have the approval of the site owner before being offered.

It’s nice to have a clear policy on this that everyone can feel good about.

Making you comfortable and feeling that you are able to visit without concerns about being manipulated is very important to me!

You may have noticed that the header tag line has been updated and simplified. I want you to know that I am always a helper first:


So relax, make yourself comfortable and take advantage of all the ways made available for you to easily confirm my product research results, while enabling you to do the research for yourself.

My Best to You

Author: Arth Strout

Good Day to You, My wife and I have had pets for the majority of our lives. I’m the “computer person”, although she gives inspiration in the background, she is also a very private person. So am I, when not online. At one point, when we lived in the country and times weren’t so tough, we had three (3) dogs and six (6) cats. So you see my love for pets (all animals) runs deep. I’m a firm believer that the very best relationship we can have with our pets is based upon mutual respect and proper care. Like ourselves, our pets are unique and valuable individuals with feelings. Deserving of the best quality of life. I believe that no one practice or belief is the only or best way to provide a quality of life for ourselves and our pets. Supporting Pet and Family Life Quality - I plan to do this by finding and sharing suggestions to help solve problems. My Best to You Arthur (Arth) Strout 12 Summer St., Apt. 2 Augusta, ME 04330

2 thoughts on “Fair Use or Copyright Infringement?”

  1. Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your site on my
    iphone during lunch break. I love the information you present here and can’t wait
    to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how
    fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, awesome site!


    1. Welcome Kaajas and thank you!

      I appreciate the feedback.

      It’s nice to know the site is loading that fast just using data.

      I’m about to write a new post after creating a dog training section on the site.

      If you want to learn how to have the best bond with your dog ever, stay tuned!

      My Best to You


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