By which I mean ©, ™ and sometimes ®.
Is there any hard and fast rules when to use them, and when not? Especially on a message board, like this?
It seems maybe you shouldn’t, because if I am not mistaken, it means you got the copyright holder’s permission to use the word or material. And usually that is simply not the case.
By the way, FWIW, I do know you can use brief excerpts of copyrighted material, esp. in certain context. As I said before on these boards, that is governed by what is called the Fair Use Doctrine, which basically says, consumers of copyrighted material have certain rights too.
This right was first recognized by the Supreme Court, back when they still cared about the common man (sorry to emote, but it’s true:)). From what I understand, now it is largely a statutory matter.
But back to my original point, is it okay? I may have done it once or twice (I am not sure, because I forget). So if I did, am I in big trouble now? (As I said, perhaps I didn’t. I honestly don’t recall.) Because, I have to tell you, to-date I have never gotten a copyright holders permission. Have you?