Maithe, The question is not related to plagerism. The question is about copyright--about making sure that Bookshare can preserve its good reputation--about ensureing that it is never in a position where it needs to defend itself from any kind of charge. While I agree that it is hard to write synopsis, that is a different issue than copyrighted material and Bookshare's relationship with publisher. We we expect publishers to keep on sending Bookshare publisher-quality books or new publishers to sign on, you should abide by Bookshare's policy. I would urge anyone who is having trouble with writing synopsis, to write to this list and I am certain that one of us will help you out. Pratik -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of maithe007 Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:45 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Quoting synopses from other sources Pratik, There is no plagerism going on. I cite where I get the synopsis from and therefore, give credit where credit is due. Also, many of the same synopses being used on B&N and Amazon come directly from the book. I am not "stealing" or taking credit for the small description being quoted. It is very hard to write any type of synopsis especially when one has not read the material. Maithe ----- Original Message ----- From: "Pratik Patel" <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:38 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Quoting synopses from other sources >I strongly disagree here, not necessarily with the assertion that Fair use >might apply. However I will say that the use of the "fair use" argument >is, at the very least, controversial. I cannot let Bookshare be jeopardize >by any potential controversy. I would highly, highly recommend that outside >sources not be used in synopsis. Bookshare's policies have been generated >in consultation with attorneys and the publishing industry. They have been >carefully developed to ensure that nothing will interrupt the service. >Please abide by Bookshare's policies here. While we might question >Bookshare's other policies that seem unfair, this policy and others related >to copyright, are not those that we should question. Having worked with >publishers, I can say that these are complicated issues and we are not >equipped to deal with them. In fact, I know many attorneys who are not >equipped to deal with them. > > Pratik > > > -----Original Message----- > From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Grandma Cindy > Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:23 PM > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Quoting synopses from other sources > > There was quite a discussion about this a while ago. I > read the copyright law, i.e., the part that pertains > to this question, and it seems to me that as long as > only a few sentences are taken and the source quoted, > and the quote put in quotation marks, there's no > problem. > > I just checked again, and I interpret the following to > mean that if we just take a few sentences or even a > short paragraph we're o.k. > http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html > > We're using it for "nonprofit educational purposes" > we're not adversely affecting the potential marked > value of the oopyrighted work--in fact, quite the > contrary. And we're "quoting excerpts in a review.." > (sort of. smile > > > "Although fair use was not mentioned in the previous > copyright law, the doctrine has developed through a > substantial number of court decisions over the years. > This doctrine has been codified in section 107 of the > copyright law. > > Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes > for which the reproduction of a particular work may be > considered â€œfair,â€ such as criticism, comment, > news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. > Section 107 also sets out four factors to be > considered in determining whether or not a particular > use is fair: > > 1. > > the purpose and character of the use, including > whether such use is of commercial nature or is for > nonprofit educational purposes; > 2. > > the nature of the copyrighted work; > 3. > > amount and substantiality of the portion used in > relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and > 4. the effect of the use upon the potential market > for or value of the copyrighted work. > > The distinction between â€œfair useâ€ and > infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. > There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes > that may safely be taken without permission. > Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material > does not substitute for obtaining permission. > > The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the > General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites > examples of activities that courts have regarded as > fair use: â€œquotation of excerpts in a review or > criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; > quotation of short passages in a scholarly or > technical work, for illustration or clarification of > the author's observations; use in a parody of some of > the content of the work parodied; summary of an > address or article, with brief quotations, in a news > report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a > work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction > by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to > illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in > legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; > incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel > or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an > event being reported.â€ > > G.Cindy > > >> > > ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS > AVAILABLE AT > http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm > http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ > http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm > > A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT > http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html > > Jake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________________ > Looking for last minute shopping deals? > Find them fast with Yahoo! 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