Yes. Sometimes I fudge and post more then 80% (small article).
Not good. But I always try to post a link back to the source.
Well that is also an admission to wrong doing on your part and can be used against you in a court of law. You will not win a fair use case if you admit to knowingly 'fudge' it
Also I noticed you have a 7 day policy on posting links... How can a new member then source a quote?
There is another issue... and that is posting of hotlinks to other websites. Big ones like ATS and others can handle the bandwidth, but a small site can get hurt by it. You are LITERALLY stealing by doing that because those people that do not have unlimited bandwidth have to PAY cold hard cash for it. So every time someone on your forum views an image you hot linked, they rob the bandwidth of that site and can cause them to go over their limit and have to pay, without getting the benefit of the viewer visiting their site..
This is really bad etiquette and just plane wrong. A simple request for permission is normally honored
Now when someone who has worked many months on making a presentation, come to a site that is copying 80% or more of that work and creating a new work out of it, that is no longer 'fair use' that is outright plagiarism. When that knowledge is being used to write a book on top of that... well its time to chat with the lawyers
Sharing information is all well and good... but simply copying page after page of others work, all the images and then adding insult by hot linking to the original site? That is neither 'research' nor 'fair use' That is just plain criminal.
You might want to think about that
Altough all you say is definitelly according to the existing laws (and I'm by all means not an expert), I see few illogical issues here.
The first one, about posting hotlinks to other websites: well, why the owner of such sites with limited bandwith just don't 'protect' their images by implementing different codes to disable this? Just as easy as one can disable the embedding of videos and the user is 'forced' to visit the website first if he/she wants to see the image/video?
How about Google? All these images can be easily found by google and I don't even need a forum or any other hotlink to find these images. Would these owners sue Google? I wouldn't say so
So, if I would running my own website with limited bandwhite, I could definitely 'protect' my images or videos...but by doing this, I would definitely lose any potential clients/visitors to my website...for obvious reasons.
The second one, about copying more then 5%...or 10%...or 20% of any work (copyrighted or not): as long as the appropriate link to the actual website is provided, no one will risk to sue anyone for that. Just for the obvious reasons that in that case, no one ever will post something like that on internet any more and no one will ever know that there might be a website around with content appropriate to their own needs.
What we actualy do here (and on countles other forums worldwide, be it conspiracy or gardening one) is actualy advertising these websites. Basicly, if I do this...I should be asking not only for permition to post their content here, but also for money too
If I am to post even 80% of any content from let's say "the Bild Zeitung" in Germany and all of you will want to read the other 20%...you will definitelly click on the provided link to the original article. The Bild zeitung become their clicks, with this they can ask for more money from their advertisers and we all win ;9, don't you think so? They will be more then happy to have me done this then to allow me to say sorry, I just read something very interesing, but I will not provide any link just because they will sue me for doing this???
Believe me...if this comes true and the peopple arond the world see and hear about any possible legal actions taken in such issues...you will have many, countles many websites closed down just because no one will be visiting them. Without visiting...no advertisers...without advertisers...no money to run the website...How about that?
And btw...the same apply here...One can easily 'protect' their own content by asking for daily, weekly, monthly or early fees. So no one ever will 'steal' their content, be it 1% or 80%. But then again...the outcome is known...
As I mentioned...what you said before, it's all according to the existing laws. No doubt about that. If one wish...they can easily close down this small forum or many other too...But the far-reaching consequences will be undoubtly harder then doing this today.
With much respect