10 years ago my department got blanket permission to use anything we wanted from the Economist
. We were writing a test and wanted to use a small section of the article we found in said magazine, but to play it safe (because I'm a dumb bum and that letter didn't look like it would fly in today's world) I shot off an email asking permission to use said section.
I got a lovely email back within less than 24 hours telling me of course I could use their material-for the low low price of $1000.
So once again I shot off an email with a scan of original blanket permission fax sent all those 10 years ago...By morning they had sent me back another lovely email stating that my original fax was no longer valid (even though there was no completion date for my usage)
Another email was sent asking permission to directly link
to the article in question (rather than linking through the online version in our library and giving the students the issue numbers, page numbers etc.-i.e. making life easy for everyone by eliminating the extra logins through the library)
As before, they sent me yet another lovely email that said of course I could do a direct link
to said article and save everyone all those extra steps and all that extra time. All I needed to do was pay the low low price of $1000.
The moral of this story? Don't be a dumb bum with the other 10 year old blanket permission fax's.
If those archives are anything like The Economist, you won't be able to link. If you ask permission, you run the risk of getting reply I just got...If you don't you run the risk of ... at worse? jail time I would guess.