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Monday, December 20, 2004


No baseball specific content today, but a recent post at BaseballMusings made me consider this issue for myself. Mainly because of some references to the content here that I haven't particularly appreciated (i.e. people making it seem like this is their site or that they wrote content I wrote), I felt it was appropriate to post these terms and conditions. The content below is mainly courtesy of Instapundit, which is where BaseballMusings got its similar inspiration.

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1. All original content of The Book of Mike is copyrighted by The Book of Mike's owner, presently Michael Hunssinger, and is not to be used without permission except as provided herein. The Book of Mike and are trademarks belonging to Michael Hunssinger. In using The Book of Mike you recognize that The Book of Mike is primarily a guide to content on the Web, that all content is provided on an as-is basis, and that no factual statement on this site should be relied upon without further investigation on your part sufficient to satisfy you in your independent judgment that it is true. These terms of use are subject to change, and should be reviewed regularly.

2. Permission is granted to read, quote, cite, link to, print out or otherwise use BaseballMusings content, so long as you comply with the terms below.

A. All quotations from The Book of Mike will include credit to BaseballMusings or to David Pinto and, wherever practicable, a hyperlink of the form ... to the site.
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