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Welcome to the Heritage History web site. Access to and use of the information contained in this web site are subject to the terms and conditions listed below. Please read this information carefully. Your use of this web site constitutes your agreement to follow and to be bound by these terms and conditions.


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D. & T. Roth reserve the right to change and update this web site, or to alter these terms and conditions at any time without further notice. Your continued use of this web site following such changes constitutes your acceptance of the revised terms and conditions.


Overview of Copyright Status

Before stating the restrictions on usage of the materials on Heritage History, we propose to explain in plain English, the copyright status of the material on this website.

First of all, the year 1923 is a particularly important date in U.S. copyright law. Until 1998, American copyright laws provided that 75 years after first publication, any book copyrighted in the United States became the property of the "public domain" and could be republished without the permission of the copyright holder. In 1998, however, all U.S. copyrights were automatically extended for another 20 years, (meaning no more books will automatically enter the public domain until 2018). However, at the time the new law was passed, everything published before 1923 was already in the "public domain." This explains the seemingly arbitrary date of 1923 as the cut-off for the material used by most electronic libraries. Some books published after 1923 are also in the public domain, but it is impossible for an organization with virtually no legal resources to officially "clear" them, so we cannot use them.

When a book is in the "public domain" its text, as well as its images can be reproduced without paying a royalty to the author. Is there a "catch"? Yes, of course—several important ones. Without going into great detail about the finer points of copyright law, it can be said that it is relatively easy to take a public domain text and make modifications in such a way that the revised text can be re-copyrighted. For example, if one adds annotations, abridges, modernizes spelling and punctuation, adds a preface, or in the case of this web-page, presents the text in HTML format, the new work can be copyrighted. Likewise, when a copyright-free illustration is scanned and converted to JPEG or GIF format, the new image is then copyrightable.

What does all this mean for uses of this web page? It means that although we have used copyright-free material as a basis for much of this web page, and in almost all cases have a pre-1923 book in hand to prove it, the material we have presented online is in fact, under copyright protection and cannot be redistributed for commercial purposes without the permission of D. & T. Roth. We are however, committed to helping disseminate, promote, and popularize these texts, so we are motivated to make these texts easy and inexpensive (i.e. free), to use rather than difficult. We therefore seek to reserve our copyright privileges in order to prevent abuses, but grant the use of these texts and images to individuals under the following conditions:


Use of Web Site

You are herewith authorized by D. & T. Roth to view, copy, and print documents, including text and graphics, from this web site subject to the following restrictions:


  1. The documents may be used solely by you (and your students, if any) for your own personal informational, educational, or other non-commercial purposes.
     
  2. You may not alter any of the documents found at this web site nor attempt to pass off any documents found at this web site as your own.
     
  3. You may not use, copy, or distribute any of the documents within this web site for any commercial purpose, unless D. & T. Roth have given you prior written consent to do so.
     
  4. D. & T. Roth reserve the right to terminate the access of any user at its discretion, including users that do not observe these terms and conditions or who infringe or otherwise violate the rights of others.
     
  5. The texts available on this website are intended to be faithful and complete copies of the original documents. However, typos, omissions, and other errors may have occurred during preparation, and Heritage History does not guarantee a perfectly reliable reproduction.
     

This website contains over 5000 historical images. Although we do not permit owners of other websites to copy these images and repost them, any of the images on this site can be sourced from the appropriate directory on the Heritage History website. We appreciate attribution, but it is not required. If a higher resolution image is needed, we can be contacted at infodesk @ heritage-history.com.

Most of the books that are displayed on the Heritage History website are available in electronic form from the History Store and can be downloaded directly to your computer. Each electronic text sold by Heritage History includes both a printable PDF, and two e-reader compatible versions. Collections of our books, organized by civilization, are also available on specially prepared Compact Discs. More information about Heritage History's Classical Curricula, and Classical Libraries, can also be found at the History store.

Some of the material on this website is used by the permission of Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project. Permission to use texts that originated with BOCLP, for anything other than private educational usage, must be obtained by the proprietor of the Baldwin Project.

Some of the material on this website is also available on Project Gutenberg. In some cases the Gutenberg material was used as the original source, and in other cases the Heritage History version was created independently, so there may be slight inconsistencies in the text. The licensing terms of Gutenberg texts are highly unrestrictive, but their conditions must be consulted before usage.

For more information or to request use of Heritage History material for any public or commercial purposes, contact infodesk @ heritage-history.com .

If you are requesting permission to use either images or text files for commercial or public purposes, please be sure to include the pathname of the specific items that you would like to use, and the nature of your project. It is our policy to grant usage permission only for itemized requests. Thanks for your interest.


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