Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quick warning on free magazine downloads

If you are surfing around the net, you may see some websites or forums offer free full-issue magazine downloads. However, please keep in mind, that just because they are scanning the whole magazines with the ads, it still doesn't mean that republishing them in this fashion is ethical, fair or legal. It is still illegal and they do not have the right to do so.

Imagine if someone scanned your whole photography portfolio and claimed that because they included a scan of your business card with each picture, it's okay for them to do so.

Authorized magazine downloads are typically available from two sources:
+ the magazine's or publisher's own website
+ authorized and legitimate digital content websites and services that have the appropriate agreements with the publishers to sell or offer free issues of magazines

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