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Cloning the White House. Something you may not have known.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by the_demon, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    This is something many may not know and many web designers may be interested to know:

    According to:
    Code:
    [url]http://www.whitehouse.gov/copyright/[/url]
    as well as according to US law; things created by the united states government are not eligible for copyright protection because, in essence it belongs to the American Public*. Therefore it is every Americans right to be able to Legally Copy anything* produced by the US government.

    So according to the laws set forth you can actually clone whitehous.gov or any other government site.

    Additional Info here:
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
    http://freedomdefined.org/Definition

    Other Interesting Notes:
    whitehouse.gov uses tracking data provided from www.webtrendslive.com
    while this may nor be readally apparent checking through the javascript files source code will reveal this statement to be true.

    * Excludes certain unknown items. Export to foreign nations law probably apply. You may be required to make note of the source. Not sure. May be personal opinion.

    Disclaimer: I do not condone or recommend the stealing of intellectual works whether expressed or implied, I am not a lawyer nor legal professional. This is NOT a political statement of any kind. This post was provided for informational and general educational purposes only.
     
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  2. SleepieGirl

    SleepieGirl Regular Member

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    if a contractor designed whitehouse.gov then it can be copyrighted.
    ive read about this before. if someone directly in the employment of the government does something then it is open to the public.
    if they hire someone to do it then they do not have to make it available to the public.
     
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  3. Uncle Kracker

    Uncle Kracker Registered Member

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    Before computers it was the USGPO (United States Government Printing Office), they had tons of free books that you could claim as your own, or add to it to make it look a little better. (still do I would guess, if you want to go in person)

    Forgot all about that, may have to get back on the USGPO mailing list again. Thanks for the good tips. ;)
     
  4. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    @SleepieGirl: Well, what if the contractor surrenders all rights upon development which is common in web design? Also, notice the copyright policy on the site says that you can copy it and what license the website is under. They make no mention that the site is protected at all.* Excluding otherwise noted third party content.

    @Uncle Kracker: Interesting to know about the books.
     
  5. SleepieGirl

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    im saying if the government develops it they HAVE to release it.
    if they have an outside contracter doing it they dont HAVE to.

    Cendi.gov
     
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    I got busted for making fake IDs a while back and the charge was duplication of an offical state document...lol...I got probation by the way...LOL
     
  7. cooooookies

    cooooookies Senior Member

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    There is so much stuff you can steal without having any problems. Copying from or even cloning governmental sites sounds extremely risky. I could for instance imagine if you simply clone the site without changes, you could be sued because of deception, possibly in criminal intent. No no no no no no no no