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by Regina S.
copyright 07-16-2003

Age Rating: 1 +

Plagiarism- The copying and posting of another persons work without their knowledge or permission. It also applies to rewriting someone elses work. You cannot change a few words and call a work your own, if youíre rewriting a work thatís not your own the lines and stanzas have to be different, and if you do copy a few lines, you have to give credit to the original author.

Copyright- A legal right that allows only the author to publish his/her works. Anyone else publishing the authors works needs their permission to do so. Copyright can also be given, or sold. It allows another person to publish the authorís work, but does not give them right to give permission to anyone else Copyright also expires after 50 years, so works like Shakespeareís and Edgar Allen Poeís can be copied as long as you state that itís not your work.

Basic Rules:
1. You cannot post someone elses work unless you have their permission.
2. If you get the copyright permission, or decide to post a work thatís not your own, you HAVE to give credit to the original author!
3. If you donít have the copyright permission, but the work is on another website, you can give the address of the website.
4. There is absolutely no copyright infringement (faking copyrights).
5. If the author of a work is unknown, you can copy it as long as you state that itís not your work.
6. You can add quotes to your works as long as you give credit to the person who quoted it.
7. The direct qoutes of other authors should be encased in double parenthesis.
8. Song lyrics can be used in a work as long as you give credit to the singer and songwriter.
Note: There wasn't an actual meeting of a committee so if anyone has any comments, questions, suggestions, you can leave a comment or e-mail me.


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        07-27-2004     Paula Tsvayg        

Gotcha. But what if you found this story in a book by Anynomus. I found a story in a book by Anynomus, but I completely changed all the words, characters, etc.and just copied the main idea. I give credit to Anynomus for the main idea or do I just not include it altogether?

        11-03-2003     Debra Rose        

The song lyrics one isn't exactly true. I've been writing fanfiction for a good few years, and have a songfic up on my page, and unless you make money off of the work, you are allowed to use the song and any information about it, so long as you give credit to the band/writer/producer or whichever of three you choose who did the song. Just a small note on credits. Like if you write fanfiction, you are, under US federal law, supposed to put up a notice on the top of ALL fanfiction works that states that work does not belong to you, and who it belongs to.

eg: I write GW fanfiction. And on top of all works on all sites, it is a requirement to post something along these lines:
"GundamWing is not owned by me. It is the soul property of Bandaii/Sunbelt, and this is a nonprofit work done for the soul purpose of entertainment without any intentions to gain money off of it. The story and plot line, however, does belong to _____(Authors name) and ____ retains all rights to this work."

Song lyrics are similar, and under US Federal law, you only have to give credit, usually to the singer or group who performs it.

        07-21-2003     Regina S.        

Thanks Janet, I just updated.^-^

        07-21-2003     Riley Mackenzie        

couldn't have said it better....actually i didnt know about half the things you just talked about lol, until now ^-^

Riley ^-^

        07-20-2003     Janet Owenby        

Excellent job Regina

        07-18-2003     Christopher Doss        

Very good job

        07-16-2003     Toni Sweeney        

Good job regina
:O) Toni

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