I just want to let you all know that we will be more heavily enforcing copyright infringement and potential copyright infringement. Recently some entrepreneurs have begun to "copyright troll" by buying up the rights to a publication, surfing the internet for infringements and then suing the pants off of the offenders.
We are not particularly worried about something like this happening to Nightly, but in order to prevent things from straying too far from fair use we are instituting a bright line policy designed to prevent anything but fair use with copyrighted materials.
when quoting a news article in the creation of a topic, use only the headline and the portion of the article directly below which is in italics or bold. When quoting an article becomes necessary in subsequent posts, keep the quote short and to the point.
This rule will no doubt prevent things from being posted which are within the realm of fair use. However this policy is being enforced in order to make things easier for both mods and posters in determining fair use. If everybody had to go through a four point test with each quote to determine compliance with fair use requirements things would become needlessly subjective.
If there is an article that is released under the creative commons please follow whatever rules which need to be in order for the entire article to be posted. Obviously items in the public domain can be posted without problem.
Many thanks to perfectsim, Ryn, and the other moderators who weighed in on this issue and helped us develop this policy. We posted this first in P&WE since that forum gets the majority of news articles posted, but we're going to try and enforce this across Nightly, since obviously we'd like to avoid being sued.