Batter's Box Reproduction Policy

Sunday, April 27 2003 @ 10:57 AM EDT

Contributed by: Jordan

I thought it would be helpful to provide a set of guidelines covering cutting-and-pasting or other reproduction of published online works at Batterís Box. These are the generally accepted criteria for legitimately reproducing another personís work on the Web:

1. The author and source are cited (e.g., Richard Griffin, Toronto Star; John Sickels,

2. A hyperlink is provided. The HTML code for hyperlinking is as follows:
<*a href="Website-goes-here">Phrase-you-want-underlined-goes-here<*/a>
but without the asterisks. The hyperlink at the start of this paragraph will take you to the extremely useful Webmonkey HTML reference page, where you can copy-and-paste the coding.

3. A minimal reproduction of the hyperlinked page is allowable; wholesale reproduction is not. Reproducing up to a paragraph of the cited text is okay, but thatís it. This is not only for reasons of copyright, but also of fairness: many of these sites depend on click-through traffic, and large-scale or wholesale copying-and-pasting deprives them of that benefit. This should go without saying for subscription-based sites.

We would expect other sites to reference Batterís Box the same way, of course: we want to protect the insights of our own authors and posters, and the best way to obtain that courtesy is to provide it ourselves. Iím more than happy to answer any questions or provide any clarifications on this policy; just drop me a line via the link below. Much appreciation in advance for your cooperation!