Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states:

1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. 2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Translation : 1. Everyone has the right to information; the right to access and the right to produce it. 2. Everyone who is an author of information is the owner of it, and is entitled to payment for allowing anyone access to it. Using the information without the author's consent is illegal.

Look at the blank square below. If you fill it with anything you create, you are the author of whatever is there.


The text beneath the square is the universal 'signature line' of Copyright. Once you have created something and put it in the square, you exchange your name for 'YourName' and this announces to the world that you are the moral and material owner of the contents of the square. Optionally, you may omit your name. The sign '©' and the date are sufficient proof that the work is copyrighted.

'News' itself cannot be copyrighted because it is not created; it happens. Depending on the subsequent treatment of the news by an author, it may be copyrighted, if it has gone beyond a simple account of what happened.

Nearly everything in Metropole - Paris Online is copyrighted by somebody. Nevertheless, it is perfectly legal for you to copy anything you want, for your own private use.

What is not legal, is copying anything from Metropole - Paris Online and putting your own copyright 'signature line' on it and selling it. This is called robbery. Robbery is a punishable offense.

This is copyright. It protects authors. Without authors being paid for what they create, they would quit creating. Then there would be nearly nothing to steal.


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