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Copyright Notice: Our rights and your rights, according to the law.

Using our Material: A practical guide to what you may do with our materials, and why, without the legal jargon. Some questions apply to Discovery materials in any form (printed, digital, etc.).


DiscoveryMagazine.com and other domains defined by the IP address ("the Service") contain information, photographs, graphics, and other material (collectively, "the Content") that are protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights of Apologetics Press, Inc. ("AP") or third parties. All Content on the Service is copyrighted as a collective work of AP pursuant to applicable copyright law. Users of the Service may use the Content only for their personal, noncommercial use.

You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in this Agreement.

You may download or copy the Content only for your own personal use, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content. You shall not store electronically any significant portion of any Content. Except as permitted by the copyright laws, no copying, storage, redistribution or publication of any Content is permitted without the express permission of AP (or the owners of such Content or their authorized persons, if other than AP). You may download from the Service any Content in the public domain for your own personal use or for non-commercial redistribution.back to top


Can I repost Discovery articles on my Web site?

No, not without our explicit permission. Please do not take any of our articles, whether from the printed publication or from our Web site, and post them on your Web site.

Can I send Discovery articles to other people via e-mail?

Yes, within limits. You may send a copy of an article to one other person. The article must include full attribution and copyright statement (e.g., “Copyright (c) 2000 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved”). Full attribution would include at least the following: publication data, article title, and author. If the article was taken from the printed version, you must include the name of the publication (i.e., Discovery—Scripture & Science for Kids), as well as the year, month, and page number(s) on which the article appeared. If the article was taken from our Web site, the message must include the file’s Web address (URL). Of course, you may quote portions of an article. All we ask is that you do not forward entire articles to multiple recipients.

Can I provide a link to the Discovery Web site?

Yes, that would be wonderful, but within limits. You may provide up to three links to pages on this Web site. Please contact us if you want to provide more links.

Why only three links?

It’s an arbitrary number, but typical in the on-line publishing business. The point is that your Web site should not become a back door to all the content on our site.

May I frame a DiscoveryMagazine.com link on my Web site?

No, not without our explicit permission. Please design your link to spawn a new browser window (e.g., by using the attribute TARGET="_blank").

Why can't I allow your site’s pages to display in a frame on my site?

Again, such a restriction is standard procedure, and the point is to preserve our site as the main route of entry to our content.

Can I print DiscoveryMagazine.com articles on my printer, and give them to my Bible class?


Can I photocopy Discovery articles from the print edition, and give them to my Bible class?

No, although you may photocopy the activities that appear on the 6th and 7th pages of each month’s publication. To obtain additional copies of the other pages, please order back issues (available for $1 per piece). Actually, this will work out cheaper, and be of higher quality, than any photocopies. Just call us and let us know the month and year you need.

What’s the difference between printing from the Web and photocopying articles from Discovery?

Photocopies of the printed edition rarely do justice to the original publication. Depending on the original color combinations, copiers may render portions of the text unreadable. We want to present Discovery in the best light possible. In contrast, articles on the Web are designed to be displayed on screens and printed on laser or ink jet printers. Such formats are limited compared to the high-quality, four-color presses on which the magazine is produced every month. Finally, what is available on this Web site is a small sample of what we provide in the printed edition.

Apologetics Press is a non-profit organization. So why keep such a tight reign on how your materials are used?

We have two responses to this question. First, a lot of time, effort, and expense go into producing our materials. Recovering the costs of production enables us to produce more materials. Also, do not confuse “non-profit” with “no profit.” Unlike a for-profit company, we do not exist to generate earnings for owners or shareholders. However, excess income (if any) can be plowed back into the general fund so we can further our mission.

Second, copyrights are as much about creative control as they are about commercial control of one’s intellectual property. We want to ensure that the content and context of our writings do not change in the course of copying or transmission.

Am I not doing you a favor by reposting this material on my Web site, or sending this material to my network of e-mail friends? Why complain about free advertising?

Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate free advertising. But if your e-mail list or Web site repackages and distributes our content, then our promotional efforts become diluted. By attracting people to our Web site, we can showcase our products to their fullest, explain who and what we are, and enable people to purchase from us directly.

Your Copyright Notice above says I may “download,” but I’m not supposed to “store electronically.” What’s the difference?

The files downloaded by your browser are saved only for a short time. By “store,” something more permanent is envisioned, such as storage on a Web site or CD-ROM, for a purpose other than that permitted by the usage rights spelled out in this document.back to top

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