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Fair Use

NOTE: Our TSP Wiki Team is currently in the process of getting things up and running including defining Wiki categories and policies and statements of copyright, fair use and privacy policy.


Most materials are Copyright © 2014 The Survival Podcast owned by Jack Spirko. All Rights Reserved. One exception is the Zombie Squad Wiki materials under GNU Free Licensing.


When making citations for quotations from survival books, permaculture books, firearms books etc, please follow MLA or APA format when citing sources under Fair Use doctrine:

What is Fair Use

“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.” 

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include — (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

FAIR USE NOTICE: These pages/video/audios may contain copyrighted (©) material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of scientific, religious, moral, ethical,[ecological, political, constitutional republic, democracy, human rights, economic, and social justice issues, etc. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior general interest in receiving similar information for research and educational.

Try to err on the side of linking rather than quoting. Not only does this make the Wiki quicker to read, but it also keeps us well within the standards of "Fair Use" for quotations.

All articles that are quoted, re-posted or linked are done so with great discretion and out of genuine professional courtesy under the doctrine of Fair Use, with legal precedent dating to the Statute of Anne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Anne Statute of Anne of 1709), and confirmed by the doctrine of "Fairness Abridgement" in Gyles v Wilcox (1740) and later codified under 17 U.S.C. § 107.

Quotes from Other Online Sources

"SurvivalBlog is All Free, But Copyrighted"

"The content of this blog site is free to access, but copyrighted. Permission to use up to 800-word excerpts is summarily granted (no need to e-mail me for permission), but only if you include full attribution--most notably a link to the www.SurvivalBlog.com URL." [1]

As James Wesley Rawles over at SurvivalBlog.com has suggested 800 words seems to be a reasonable and commonplace except/quoting amount for Fair Use.

See Also


  1. 50 word quotation Fair Use source: http://www.survivalblog.com/provisos.html SurvivalBlog is All Free, But Copyrighted - Important Provisos accessed January 22, 2014

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