King's Cross Railway Lands Group (KXRLG): policy on libel and copyright
Libel is most likely to occur by accident, especially if what is said is inaccurate, unclear, ambiguous or includes unchecked facts. Innuendo and implication can both be libellous. Saying the truth is also risky: if sued, we would have to prove the truth of our statements. Even if we won the case we could end up with huge legal bills. It is possible (and illegal) to libel someone we don't know exists.
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) says that we cannot copy or reproduce or quote extensively from any written, photographic, artistic or similar creative work, or distribute it, without the permission of the author or the creator.
We need permission to publish and we may have to pay.
We do not need permission to quote short extracts but they must be clearly acknowledged and give the name of the author and the publication quoted from.
Photographs, illustrations and cartoons could incur reproduction fees.
We could be sued for breach of copyright if we do not follow these guidelines though a copyright owner could simply charge us more than we would have had to pay in the first place - we would be at their mercy.
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