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Taipei Times Copyright Policy

1. Copyright Ownership
The Taipei Times owns the copyright for articles, photos, and other content produced by its staff reporters and photographers. The Taipei Times does not own the copyright for content produced by external sources, such as wire services, and can not grant reprint permission for such content.
2. Re-use of Taipei Times content in printed form
  1. Articles, photos, and other content for which the copyright is owned by The Taipei Times may not be reprinted, republished, or otherwise redistributed without the express written permission of The Taipei Times.
  2. To obtain such permission, please contact reprints@taipeitimes.com.
  3. The standard fee for reprint permission of an article or photo is US$100 (for one-time use).
  4. At its sole discretion, The Taipei Times may elect to waive the standard reprint fee, on a case-by-case basis, for qualified educational or non-profit organizations. (Contact reprints@taipeitimes.com for details.)
3. Re-use of Taipei Times content on the Internet
  1. Quoting from a copyrighted source may be permissible, as long as it is consistent with the "fair use" doctrine of Copyright Law. But no copyrighted work may be used in its entirety, or in "substantial" proportion, or otherwise in violation of the "fair use" doctrine. The Taipei Times welcomes hyperlinks from other websites, and understands that limited quotations are a normal accompaniment to such links. Though not legally required, it is customary (not to mention courteous) to notify The Taipei Times of such re-use of its copyrighted content.
  2. Re-use of any article, photo, or other content, in its entirety or otherwise in violation of the "fair use" doctrine, for which the copyright is owned by The Taipei Times is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of The Taipei Times.
  3. The standard fee for permission to re-use an entire article or photo on the Internet is US$100.
  4. At its sole discretion, The Taipei Times may elect to waive the standard re-use fee, on a case-by-case basis, for qualified educational or non-profit organizations which demonstrate a specific need for our content that cannot feasibly be met by "fair-use" quoting and linking. (Please note however that such cases are extremely rare -- about one per year. So unless your situation is truly unique, chances are slim.)
4. Contributing Authors
Please note: The Taipei Times does not own the copyright to "contributed" articles, such as those sent to us by university professors, political figures, freelance writers, etc.. Therefore, The Taipei Times is not able to grant reprint permission for any such content. Such permission should be sought from the author directly.
Plain-English Summary:

The key distinction between what you can and can't do is the proportion of the copyrighted work you wish to re-use -- all of it, most of it, or just a small part of it. Simply put: you can use short quotations, as long as they aren't too lengthy, and don't "give away" too much of the original content. The rules may vary, depending on the nature of the copyrighted work being quoted and the way it is used. For example, quoting five or ten paragraphs from a 500-page novel could be considered "fair use" while quoting even five lines from a short poem might be a violation.

For newspaper articles, such as the majority of The Taipei Times' content, the customary limit is one or two paragraphs. You may not, under any circumstances, reprint/re-use all (or even most) of an article or photo owned by The Taipei Times.

So, if you see an article on this website that you would like to point out to your readers, use the "quote-and-link" method. DO NOT just copy and paste our whole article into your website! That is illegal, and also rather rude. Instead, write something to describe the article, perhaps quoting a few choice lines to highlight a point of interest, and provide an HTML link to the original article on this website. (Here is a real-world example of the "quote-and-link" method in use.)

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