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    can i publish this information on my website?

    on my website i am selling these houses and part of the website includes information on the local area. in that section i have a medical care page where i've featured a medical center very closeby. the medical center has just recently opened and released a brochure/pamphlet type thing with all the facilities etc.

    so my question is this: am i free to publish this information on my website?

    they dont have a website at the moment, dont know if they ever will, so i cant link to it. so would iit be ok for me to include the info on my site with a disclaimer at the end that goes something like: we are not affiliated with (name of hospital) and the information here is stated only for general information purposes. please contact (name of hospital) for more details. and then i can scan the brochure and link to it so it can be viewed in its original context.

    is this ok? thanks to anyone who can answer!

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    I guess I would at least ask them, with a letter or email. Get their answer
    with a letter or email (in writing). They would probably be flattered to be
    mentioned on a website and would most likely agree to the posting.

    But, you never know... so I would ask.

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    if im just getting the information (list of facilities, equipment and services) isn't it ok for me to post without needing to contact them? coz im thinking that info is public domain... am i right?

    but i cant post any of their copy? and i need permission for a photo?

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    If you are wanting to copy anyone's text or use their photograph(s), you ought to seek the permission of the holder of the copyright, i.e. the person who owns it.

    Otherwise, you could be in a very nasty place and I, for one, wouldn't want to go there.

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    but what about for the list of facilities and equipment. that is information isnt it? they dont own or have copyright on information. i cant publish that they have for example 4D ultrasound on my site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belledumonde
    if im just getting the information (list of facilities, equipment and services) isn't it ok for me to post without needing to contact them? coz im thinking that info is public domain... am i right?

    but i cant post any of their copy? and i need permission for a photo?
    Sounds about right. You could always take your own photos, of the exterior, and do your own write up.

    Personally I would talk to them and request a media pack and ask if you can use all the info they have on your website.

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    Last edited by Graft-Creative; 08-25-2006 at 01:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belledumonde
    but what about for the list of facilities and equipment. that is information isnt it? they dont own or have copyright on information. i cant publish that they have for example 4D ultrasound on my site?

    But that, then, wouldn't be their text; it would be yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazz
    But that, then, wouldn't be their text; it would be yours.

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    so its ok because i wrote it?? i just want to provide viewers information on the hospital, the facts. they own the equipment but they dont own the facts do they?

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    If you write it then it is your own copyrighted material.

    What I was trying in my earlier posts was to give an answer which was applicable in any set of circumstances so that future readers would be able to benefit from this thread, through the search facility.

    If I put it another way:

    the spoken word, the written article and the printed image/photograph are copyright of the person who wrote them or took the picture or, drew the drawing.

    The actual subject matter of the article/drawing/speech, wouldn't necessarily be copyrighted unless someone photographed somebody's material.

    example:

    If I write a chapter of text about my local town, the content wouldn't be copyrighted but my assembly of words would. So you wouldn't be allowed to copy/duplicate my text but you could write your own article about my local town. Likewise, if I take a picture of the Eiffel tower (nowhere near my local town ), I would hold the copyright of that photograph. If you did likewise, we could both have a picture of the Tower and neither of us would have breached each other's copyright.

    Does that help?

    All said and done, I would recommend that you do as others have suggested and write to the people concerned. In doing so, you may find a better way to acheive what you want to.

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    thanks bazz!

    i'll probably go and ask them tomorrow when i visit my sister there.

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    You have to talk to them and request a media pack for those images and ask them a permission to use those media on your site...


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    I would ask them ... that would cover all bases.


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