Conservapiracy is a portmanteau using another portmanteau, "Conservapedia," with the term for intellectual property infringement, "piracy." The term is used to describe the rampant infringement sysops perform while uploading images from other sites. Often, a simple claim of "fair use" becomes the excuse for using without permission someone else's work. Conservapedia, contrary to their beliefs, does not fall into the legal definitions of the educational exclusion for "fair use" of copyrighted works in the United States. Using works on a free site, even if crediting the original author, does not create a "free use." Fair use usually involves tough questions like "is the use of this image in this particular situation necessary or justifiable?" or "can this picture conceivably be replaced with one that you do have full rights to use?" The accursed rival, for example, takes the position that Fair Use image use has to be justifiable and uploading random pictures ripped off from the web just doesn't do. With Google's Life Magazine photo archive now available to the public, Conservapedia has uploaded many to their site for use. The copyright on most have expired, but some may still fall under the protections afforded their original authors or the magazine. During December 2008, one Conservapedia user started a page (within his own user space) monitoring copyright violations in the use of images. The 'swift' and unequivocal response from lawyer Andrew Schlafly was to delete it as a "timewaster".
- Other examples are easily found here