20 Copyright and other publishing responsibilities

20.9 The Internet

It is a common misconception that copyright does not apply to material which appears on the Internet. This is untrue: copyright and other laws apply to works put on the Internet as much as printed publications. Hence, copying material from a website can constitute copyright infringement as much as copying material from a book, and the considerations set out earlier in this chapter apply. An added complication of posting to and using material from a website is the issue of jurisdiction: if a work is written in France, posted on to the Internet from a cybercafe in Germany with an ISP based in Ireland, and read by someone in Australia, ascertaining which country’s laws apply can be problematic. A detailed analysis of this issue is beyond the scope of this book.


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