I'm going to gingerly step into this thread, because it is raising some important questions in my mind.
I recently embarked on a project that if all goes well, could turn into a book. I was taught in college that as long as you properly cited information taken directly from a printed source, that was legitimate. Right now, as I'm scratching out ideas, I have a bizillion end notes, as I'm noting every separate thought I'm pulling from different sources. It won't be that way when I'm done, naturally, but I want to make sure that a) I remember where each article was, and b) whatever I use in the end is properly attributed. I believe I'm doing this right?
I will admit, I photocopy pages. For me personally, if I only need a few sentences, or a paragraph, it's easier to put a sheet in a folder than a whole book. I am in the habit of writing the source information on the sheet so I can give credit where it's due. That's the way I wrote all my papers in college, and even my most virtuous instructor never criticised me. Am I still okay?
Do any of you authors know of a website that explains copyright law? If so, it might just be easier to point people there. That way, if there are any questions, the person can go right to a legal (?) source for the legal answer. Mayhap there are sites like that overseas, since there are bound to be international differences.
If I'm doing anything illegal or immoral I want to know now, before I get too deeply attached to bad habits.
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