May I copy material from the site?
Texts in the public domain, as shown at the bottom of pages, may all be copied. If in doubt, you can ask: An email address is furnished (follow the link at the bottom of a page).
Otherwise, for private, non-commercial use of original Gold Scales texts, you don't have to ask the site owner for permission if you copy and use original content here for personal use, ie in the home - for free.
For other uses, adhere to the points of Fair Use. Educational businesses and publishing firms need to get a proper deal with the site owner before using any substantial amount of it.
These are the basics. The rest of the disclaimer page fills in details and add things too - including links to the art of forming general reservations and a medically related caution. There are times we could benefit from sensible reservations.
Are there shocking and revolting things on the site?
The site is liberal. The language and illustrations are okay at the Norwegian university (NTNU) that serves as the site's host.
Some of the classics on the site have got improved readability, and hence some are copyrighted. It serves as a sign when original works have been modified or updated more or less.
If you want to use a tale or other short story or two from the site for non-commercial purposes, you can do it without asking for any specific permission. But if you should want to use more than two stories - say, three to six stories - please ask for permission first. Publishers of books etc., who want to publish any of the material on the site, must ask for permission. It has often been granted ('Email)'). Just remember to ask unless you are a private user, or a non-commercial user and want to remain safely within ◦Fair Use.
Original drawings, sketches, landscape photos and other illustrations on this site are copyrighted. But permission to use them might be granted upon request. There are also reproductions of photos and many oil paintings that are in the public domain. I do not claim any copyright for material of this kind.
However, more often than not the digital reproductions, sections and details used on the site have been altered, that is modified, mirrored, and so on. Better be warned about that. Modifications typically consist of adjustment of colours, brightness, sharpness, edges, etc. for the sake of getting to some visual statements that suit illustration purposes at hand. Such modified material, stemming from the public domain, is not in the public domain.
If you see errors or omissions (e.g., missing information about copyright to an image displayed here), you could contact me.
You may quote this site according to Fair Use standards.
Fair use is a copyright principle that allows you to freely use small portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. Also, various organisations and scholars have their established guidelines for educational uses, guidelines that are not part of the Copyright Act. Still, the guidelines establish some of the standards for uses and copying in education.
For the Gold Scales this can be a tentative standard: You may quote up to 5 percent of a page, and paraprase (render) some ten percent of it, give and take. These indications may give you an inkling. If not, there are Fair Use guidelines from Stanford University: [◦Link]
Aside from the legal issues, you are supposed to plumb and ascertain other aspects to the texts or pictures yourself.
The site is also furnished with presupposed (subsumed) reservations to go along with the proper texts on the site. Such reservations are to be fitly combined with any controversal statements or art works, adjusting to what Bertrand Russell says about "qualifications":
If you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. - Sir Bertrand Russell (1961:63-65)
Nothing on this site should serve as means to any criminal activity, or to make anything or anyone worse. Thus, you are supposed to study the presupposed reservations and the use of such safeguarding means. Yes, much and good use of a set of good, combined reservations or qualifications is presupposed throughout, for the sake of soundness. The reservation phrases to choose among and combine in such a way, are here. There are some examples to study too: [More reservations]
❋ It boils down to this: "Guarded at all points, yet not sickeningly so."
Some things depend mostly on duly and skilful performance, others on the conditions. Discern between the two
Your overall conditions, including humdrum and associates, may hold much sway over your life. Hence, it might be impish to say that seeking to implement an idea or set of ideas may succeed in any case. That is a forewarning, and applies in the field of scientific explorations too, for that matter.
Adjust to the facts of life. You may succeed in changing things, and gauge realistically and carefully how appropriate and suitable it may be in your local context (setting), or whether or how far it could fit in, if very guardedly, carefully introduced, and so on. Many prospective reservations need to taken into account, and much else should be well tackled too, to make your combined strategic steps in "the chess play of life" lead to more winning and so on. There has often been help in good schooling.
Legal concerns have to be added right where you are - not here.
"Settings vary and we with them - it can be normal"
Better promise nothing that too much.
Settings and over-arching conditions vary. Essays are much general but a man's over-riding conditions are specific. Hence, none of the table essays may fit you or fit you fairly well at any time, or even somewhat. It depends on where you are, for one thing.
Your part is to make sense of an essay, and sense how well it could fit and how far, and also what barriers there may be to advancing towards better living through skills attuned to it. You could have to break bonds also.
You have to ascertain much when meaning to tailor general ideas to a good enough local fare and home conditionsl. Health-promoting strides may be among the best, but guarantees of success may not be had, since several factors may combine and have to be taken into account, not just individual ability and readiness and good ideas. There is often a need to balance good ideas with situations and conditions too. But if you calculate well and consult judicious and well qualified experts you might still benefit.
There are many disclaimers on the Internet. Some have their legalese, but perhaps no other is so specked with subsumed and presupposed reservations to avoid being awkward.
✑ A corollary to this page is here: [Co-Disclaimer (of Sweeping Reservations)]
✑ Adjoined battery of reservations.