November 24, 2012
Please remember that most anything published - whether in a book or magazine, or even a website - is protected by copyright law. While 'Fair Use' does allow for brief excerpts of published works to be quoted, they must be clearly noted as a quote, and must include the source. In addition, whenever possible, a link should also be included. Anything outside of the Fair Use provision requires explicit permission from the copyright holder.
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January 2, 2013
Quotation marks are wonderful, as I've been telling college students for 30 years.
Actually, in on line fora (note the Latin plural; I'm really being professorial tonight), as long as you indicate the material is not original ("As I read in The Daily Mirror yesterday....," "I think David Starkey may have made this point in his Six Wives of Henry VIII....," or even IIRC.... you've made it clear you are using someone else's material. Links are better, as Scott points out, and the worst sin ever is copying text word for word without indicating the author or setting it off with quotation marks.
If you want a historical lecture (No, no, Prof H you probably all are thinking), it was early in the 19th century that words became intellectual property belonging to their creator. Shakespeare borrowed everything and anything. In the 16th century no one would have copied anything that wasn't excellent. It wouldn't have been worth copying. I often have to spend a couple of days of classes explaining why Shakespeare was not a plagiarist.
Different times, different standards. Now we have to acknowledge anything we copy from anywhere else. I know of (because it happened at a college down the road from me) of a college president who lost his job for neglecting to mention one line in his convocation speech was taken from another source. He did the citation correctly in another version but it was too late.
If you're curious you can google this or as me and I'll PM you. It's probably something I could have posted as a quiz.
"If I had been born crested not cloven, you would not talk to me thus, sir." Elizabeth I of England
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