Norm, I don't mind folks posting links to the other site's reviews but you can't copy their text here - this is a clear copyright violation of that site's content.
Steve, I realize that Fair Use laws are not always clear (in fact, they're more frequently unclear--I've just gotten through spending some head-scratching time reading up on Stanford University's Fair Use website
, but I do believe I was within the boundaries of Fair Use in those brief quotations. Just to be on the safe side, I wrote Imaging Resource, asking for their permission as follows:
I would like to ask your permission to quote part of the conclusions from Shawn Barnett and Dave Etchells' review of the Olympus-E500, together with a link to the review, on other photography forums. Specifically, the portion I wish to quote is the following:
". . . with an eight-megapixel sensor, rugged build quality, an excellent user experience, and several unique features, it's a great choice. Really, this is the SLR we wish Olympus had first produced to introduce the Four Thirds system, it's easily their best and most practical SLR design to date. . . .
"The camera itself is priced quite competitively, but the bundled kit consisting of the camera body and Olympus 14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses make for a bargain that's just unbeatable in the current market.
". . . .If you're shopping for a digital SLR, and don't already own a bagful of Canon or Nikon lenses, the Olympus E-500 EVOLT deserves a very close look indeed. It will be interesting to see how the E-500 fares in the market, but our prediction is that it's going to be one of the hottest SLRs going, both in the upcoming holiday season and throughout 2005 as well. Highly recommended, and one of the standout bargains in the entire SLR field."
I received this reply:
Thanks for writing. Fair use is granted when you attribute the statements as quotes from our site. It's the complete reproduction of whole passages with or without attribution, or publishing any part of the review as if it were your own that violates our copyright. You may always quote our reviews, so long as you attribute them. We ask that you include our URL (http://www.imaging-resource.com) in print stories, and a link in Web stories. Images used should always be attributed as well, and if they are used extensively, we appreciate your asking permission. Quoting is part of the life blood of the Internet and blog community. Thanks for letting us know you're going to quote us, but you really don't have to ask permission so long as you respect those notes above.
We promise to return the favor.
I wouldn't normally have gone to such lengths, except I've seen similar quotations and reproductions of copyrighted marketing photographs in other messages here that didn't receive the treatment my message received. Examples: