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Copying Articles From Waiting Rooms

Whenever I'm in an office waiting room, I like to look at the magazines, usually the ones that have money saving ideas or recipes. If there's something I would like to read later or a recipe I would like to have, I kindly ask the receptionist if they could copy the page for me. I haven't received a no as of yet. That way you're not taking something that isn't yours and you can walk out with it in your hands.


By LRP from LWL, MA

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June 20, 20070 found this helpful

I keep a little notebook in my purse -and usually check to see if the magazine has a website. If it does -I jot it down, and the name of the article -and go looking once I get home.

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June 20, 20070 found this helpful

I do exactly what queenbeecrafts mentions. I am very annoyed when I see that someone has torn out something from a magazine that didn't belong to them! The idea of asking for a photocopy sounds very good as well!

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

I have a binder I keep for just such finds! I also get copies of recipes i find all over - but had never thought to ask for copies in the waiting room - thanks for the tip).


In order to make my binder, I have asked for copies to be mailed or emailed to me from all of the lovely cooks in my family and among my friends. After a few years of collecting, I now have a very nice home-made recipe binder, full of recipes from loved ones that has each of their special notes on how they prepare them (for best results) - as well as my own notes about what works and doesn't. Each recipe has the name of the family member and some notes about what time of the year they usually prepare it, and any stories surrounding them and the recipe. Now that I have a nice one compiled, I am going to copy and bind it -to share with the women in my family as our family cook book (as a special christmas gift/stocking stuffer). Thank you for helping me find another way to add to my collection!

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

The problem with getting copies like that is that is copyright infringement. In other words, theft. I have found that many doctors are glad to let you have the old magazine, especially if you bring in others.

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September 13, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not quite sure that would be considered copyright infringement. I think it's only considered so if you are doing it for re-distribution for profit. I think the magazines know that the recipes they print are being copied. I'm sure they are published for copying for personal use.

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November 11, 20160 found this helpful

i think most copy righted things are only infringed upon IF you plan on making the item for sale etc. for person al use, it would be fine....

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June 20, 20120 found this helpful

As busy as doctor waiting rooms are these days, I cannot imagine asking them to copy something for me out of a magazine. I would not be happy with you if I worked there. Perhaps they are doing it for you because to tell you no might jeopardize their job or they might appear rude. If I were you, I'd think twice about asking for this "special" service.

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June 22, 20120 found this helpful

First - I usually trade magazines with doctor's offices, after having asked before hand. I Here are two suggestions that I use. Usually I will ask the receptionist can we make a trade.

Second - I just use my cell phone to take a picture of whatever I am looking at.

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