Making a personal copy is fair use. Quoting in the right context
is fair use as well. Sending the copy of friends make that the
copy is no longer personal. You're redistributing. Then it's no
longer a personal copy - and the fair use clause doesn't apply.
Compare it with GNU software. You're allowed to do modify it any
way you see fit. You don't have gave away the source to the modifications.
It's your personal copy. However, as soon as you distribute it - even to
someone you label as "a friend", the license kick in. It's no longer a
As for your example about the Obscure Empire, I don't pretent
to know better than the author whether something should be preserved
or not. It's a slippery slope that I'm not willing to cross. I'm worried
enough already what certain industries want to do regarding to
copyrights - I don't think we should join hands and break down those
laws from two sides.