RE: URGENT: Immediate ethical issue

Subject: RE: URGENT: Immediate ethical issue
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 13:45:29 -0400

"Gillespie, Stephen (Contractor)"<Stephen -dot- Gillespie -at- Persnet -dot- Navy -dot- Mil>
> Off the top of my head, I recall that fair use (vs.
>plagiary/copyright violation) would include the use of (so-called) 'common,
>everyday information that any educated person can/could readily find' (e.g.
>info from common reference sources, such encyclopaedia)and thus need not be
>cited. At least that's what I was taught/understood. Does this correspond to
>anyone else's understanding?

This does not correspond to my understanding. The fair use doctrine sets out conditions under which you do not need permission to cite copyright work nor do you need to pay for the right to make copies. It does not eliminate the need to cite sources.

For example, if I review your book, I can quote a brief passage or two from it without seeking your permission. Thus you cannot stop me from telling my readers what I _really_ think of your writing. I still have to indicate that I am quoting your words, however.

I cannot, though, publish my own book and include passages lifted from your book without at least acknowledging the source and, depending on the extent and the context, obtaining your permission.




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