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07-03-2009, 03:28 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Saying "I did not write all of this" makes you an honest plagiarist, but a plagiarist non the less. My suggestion: Reword it.
To address it from a strictly legal standpoint (only valid in the US):
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US Code Title 17, Chapter 1, § 102
Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:
(1) literary works;
(2) musical works, including any accompanying words;
(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
(4) pantomimes and choreographic works;
(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
(7) sound recordings; and
(8) architectural works.
In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.
This means that facts and ideas can not be copyrighted. However, the precise way they word these facts is eligible under the literary portion of section A. This means that as long as you put it in your own words you are not violating any laws, but if you directly copy their works you are violating the law.
For full information on US copyright law, have a go at
US Code Title 17
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