[identity profile] schmevil.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Until we're finished rewriting the rules to be as TOS-proof as possible, the current posting limit is 1/3 of a work. That means no complete stories. In regards to anthologies, graphic novels, manga and pamphlets with backup stories, do not exceed 1/3 of the total page count. You can't get around the 1/3 limit by posting bits and pieces of various stories, and likewise, you cannot post more than 1/3 of a story, by arguing that complete, it is less than 1/3 of the total page count of the book in which it is published.

Date: 2009-03-08 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cainofdreaming.insanejournal.com
What about self-contained one page stories, like Mini Marvels and such?

Date: 2009-03-08 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownscribler.insanejournal.com
Applying that limit to individual stories contained within a far larger work is dangerously close to unworkable.

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Date: 2009-03-08 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
Point of further clarification:

You can't get around the 1/3 limit by posting bits and pieces of various stories

This means: Given a 48-page Christmas special with 4 different stories in it, you can't post more than sixteen pages, even if you don't post more than four pages of each of the stories? That seems like a redundant rule; no more than 1/3 of any given story within an anthology, added up, cannot mathematically exceed 1/3 of the total (in our example, you only have four stories and can only post four pages of each, so you're not going to exceed sixteen anyway), so do you mean something else that I'm not reading correctly here?

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Date: 2009-03-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
Also, if a storyarc has been collected into trade (I would read "graphic novel" here to include that), is it a single work, no more than 1/3 of which can be posted, or is it an anthology of 6 to 8 individual stories (as per the original monthly publish pattern), none of which can be posted in more than 1/3 quantity?

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Date: 2009-03-08 06:24 pm (UTC)
ext_395453: (Empowered - Full of Win)
From: [identity profile] angelophile.insanejournal.com
Empowered's the tough one. Published as complete volumes, but broken down into stories, some only a few pages long. By the rules, posting any complete story Empowered would be a no no, right, even if it's only four or five pages and a small section of the complete volume?

Date: 2009-03-08 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
That's pretty much right.

Which is why you probably realize why a lot of us don't like this new rule. -_-;;

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Date: 2009-03-08 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr_hermes.insanejournal.com
It's been my understanding of "fair use" from other boards that the emphasis is more on analysis, discussion and review than on posting as much of a creative work as you can. Usually, when you see articles in books and magazines, they're accompanied by a few panels or a page or two to help make a point.

Maybe it would make this community seem more legitimate if there was more commentary with each initial post, to give an appearance of discussion rather than just appropriating?

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Date: 2009-03-09 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceru.insanejournal.com
Fair use is a combination of factors: percentage of material reproduced with regards to the whole, and intent--is the reproduction done in the context of something educational, scholarly, satirical, artistic?--and, should the reproduction end up in court, what does the judge think?

It's awfully vague. Communications scholar Tarleton Gillespie says that the judicial unwillingness to actually enumerate what uses of copyrighted material qualify as fair use seems to come out of a desire to leave the fair use defense open for further interpretation. You leave the definition open, and if someone comes up with some interesting new use for sampling copyrighted material and then gets sued or slapped with a C&D, but the judge thinks it's a valid use, the judge can accept it as fair use, even if no one else has done it before. Judges can also say, no, such-and-such is not fair use. It makes it a bit of a crapshoot, and I generally loathe imprecision in legal matters, but under the extreme restrictions of modern copyright, the vagueness of fair use is the last, best defense against it.

All that said, I find it extremely unlikely that very much what ends up in scans_daily posts could be successfully defended as fair use against an actual challenge. A few things might pass muster as satirical and/or artistic. None of it would qualify as educational; I don't think I've yet seen any discussion that would really impress a judge as having critical/scholarly merit.

Basically, the law is not on our side, and no pie-in-the-sky interpretation of fair use is going to change that, no matter how much we may feel we're acting in good faith.

Date: 2009-03-08 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargoylekitty.insanejournal.com
Just a quick clarification as this has me a tad confused. Taking a series like Flinch which is three stories per issue(so any one would be 1/3 of an issue) would you be able to post one full story so long as the other two aren't posted or would it be 1/3 of the 1/3 of an issue story?

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Date: 2009-03-08 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratmel.insanejournal.com
I'm not expecting real answers here, just thinking aloud:

So what about preview pages published on review sites which can be up to eight pages of a regular comic? What about comics that are legally published in full and for free on such sites?

If the preview pages take us to the 1/3 limit does that mean no one else can post any more of it when it's actually published? Does that mean, if a long preview was posted the previous week, we'll have to discuss current comics around alternate scans?

How far back into the archives must a poster look to determine that they are not exceeding the 1/3 limit in a new post? How much more of a comic can be posted after that period? I presume the argument "it wasn't tagged properly so I didn't see those pages from 2 months ago" will be a poor legal position to take and will certainly not help us avoid a takedown notice - so how much effort most a poster put into searching the archives for other scans before posting their own? What if the older post is edited to remove some of the scans and "make some room" for new ones? [yes, that last one sounds dodgy to me too]

If it is decided that older comics can have more pages posted that leaves a lot of room for interpretation: how old, how much more? Are we going to end up with some sort of chart: time vs. % of pages? Will this actually leave s_d open to further legal challenges by apparently suggesting an entirely fictional copyright term for comics? Normally a work cannot be published in any substantive form without the rights-holder's permission until 50-95 years after the death of the principal creators. Saying that a complete comic can be posted 50 years after it is published could well be technically (and legally) false (no matter how ridiculous we find the idea).

Could we get into trouble for posting a single page from a new comic that shows a significant revelation, one could be described as "the heart" of the work? That is, could posting the climax of an arc alone be argued as harming the market for that work by giving away the ending (something else that copyright technically protects)? [actually this one is kinda scary]

How do we stand on posts linking to other sites (or other journals) where a complete story is posted?

Date: 2009-03-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratmel.insanejournal.com
Just thought of this: is there any millage in putting a big notice at the top of the info page that offers uncontested takedowns for any single post that is considered infringing? It could encourage rights-holders to come to the mods before going to the IJ staff who might just delete the whole comm without blinking.

Date: 2009-03-08 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashez2ashes.insanejournal.com
Ok, now I'm way more confused than ever. I want to post some of a few manga volumes I own. Some are broken into chapters, but MANY are not. Is it 1/3 of the whole book, or 1/3 of a chapter within the book? Gah, so confused.

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Date: 2009-03-08 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nonners.insanejournal.com
This is probably a fail!question - but by story, do you mean self contained stories within issues, or story-lines that may go over several issues?

Date: 2009-03-09 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabican.insanejournal.com
Self-contained stories. Stories over several issues are contained by issue limits instead.

Date: 2009-03-08 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Does it matter how old they are or if they are public domain characters? I mean in regards to Golden Age or Silver Age stories and characters.

Date: 2009-03-09 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geoffsebesta.insanejournal.com
I just hate that our dialogue is constrained by such artificial limits. I want to talk about comics, and that's hard to do if you can't see the comics. Screw American copyright law; full speed ahead!

...someday.

Date: 2009-03-09 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
We could always move to Sweden. :p

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Date: 2009-03-13 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
Can we post full webcomic arcs (or a lot of strips) if we get the OK from the writer / author team?

I just realized there's like six or seven strips I want to feature here, and they're basically free for the taking but I don't want to get yelled at more than usual!

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