Selection from the original, non-wiki preface:
The idea is to freely use and give attribution to any corroborating resources on the internet while satisfying the Fair Use doctrine of copyright law:
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Fair use explicitly allows use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes, such as scholarship and research. Copyright law provides four critera for determination of the fair use exemption:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Thus, this website will be non-profit and created in a spirit of public benefit, scholarship and historical research. It should not overly use images from a single source, use images for buying and selling, nor cause reduced income from any of the image owners. It will not copy text without attribution and only use limited excerpts. Hopefully by well citing sources, such as with links to Amazon, this timeline will cause more interest and purchasing of any original source material.
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This wiki was originally open for users to register, contribute and add comments. Unfortunately, it succumbed to numerous hacking attempts and is currently locked down.
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