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Copy Rights of Articles and Crediting Sources
1 ( a mother)

To everyone posting on our board, I believe we must, from not just an ethical point of view, but, as well as one of liability, make a concerted effort to give credit to all reprints of articles from which more than just one or two quotes have been taken. We must reference each article as taken from what source and which month and year. This avoids any problems with plagiarism and mistaken identities of writers.

How does everyone else feel with this regard?

2 ( a mother)

I am a technical writer and have researched this issue to some length!

Even one quote must be referenced to avoid breaking the copyright laws. In the U.S., anyone is permitted to quote articles without having to get permission from the writer as long as a) the use is "fair," that is, only a small percentage of the article or other document is used and no commercial profit is made from the use, and b) proper credit is given to the source.

3 ( mother#1)
Thank you so much for this response. It has been a concern of mine for some time. Great to have the offical word. I hope we all follow suit. We each can add so much by researching and sharing as long as we give proper credit due.

Please send your replies and/or opinions regarding this subject to madar-pedar@surya.eecs.berkeley.edu.

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