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The Internet is filled with unauthorized copies of many copyrighted works, in violation of international law. For example, our essay on Islam has been pirated by two known web sites, without acknowledgment -- one of them is an Islamic site! Laws generally allow a person to quote text from works copyrighted by others as long as the quotation is sufficiently short. We have seen 400 and 500 as commonly used upper limits on size, beyond which permission to duplicate from the owner of the copyright should be sought. 

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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, education, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

We typically report all viewpoints on each topic. This often requires us to use copyrighted material in our web site's essays. This use may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is made available on a no charge basis for educational and discussion purposes only. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in U.S. federal law17 USC 107. (We cite U.S. law because over 90% of our site visitors are from the U.S. Similar laws exist in other countries). They all state something similar to the following:

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This web site, including the home page and underlying HTML documents are copyrighted 1995 to 2015 CE inclusive by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT). Our postal address is: PO Box 128, Watertown, NY, 13601, USA.

No copyright claimed in works of any federal, state, provincial government or the United Nations which has been included in our web site. Copyright is not claimed for material written by other than OCRT personnel. The material is protected under the 1995 Berne Convention covering International copyright laws. All rights are reserved. However, we grant the following privileges:

bullet Hard copies: Please feel free to make up to 50 hard copies each of up to 5 essays or parts of essays: 
bullet If it is for your own personal, non-commercial use; or 

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We ask that you include the copyright notice found at the bottom of the essay(s). This is typically of the form "Copyright 1997 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance." We also ask that you include the URL of the essay(s) on each copy.

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bullet Copying an essay to your web site: You may copy up to 500 words from any of our essays without contacting us for permission. We may grant permission for you to copy one or more of our essays to another web site. However, we may require compensation for the loss in  income from the banner ads on the essay. Please contact us for rate information. 
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Our use of Bible quotations:

We often quote the same passage from a variety of Bible translations.

We normally quote from the King James Version, even though it is a difficult translation to use because of its antiquated English from the early 17th century. That is because the KJV is in the public domain and here are no copyright limitations.

bullet NASB passages are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (registered), Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

bullet NIV passages are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The "NIV" and "New International Version" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

bullet NLT passages are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All Rights Reserved.

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The information on the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance Web (OCRT) site is disseminated "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. The OCRT assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this web site or other documents which are referenced by or linked to this web site.  In no event shall the OCRT or its members or its contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in the use of this information, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.  

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Material on this web site is not intended to be used as legal, therapeutic, spiritual, or medical advice. Please consult a trusted lawyer, therapist, clergyperson, and/or physician if you have problems in these areas.

We try to write clearly, accurately, inclusively, completely, and without bias, or lack of balance. However, in a web site of this size, technical, historical, religious, spiritual, or other inaccuracies or typographical errors cannot be totally prevented. Please Email us with any concerns that you have over lack of balance, obscurity, inaccuracies, errors, etc.

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