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Q: Can I use information I find on the internet in a book I am writing ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Can I use information I find on the internet in a book I am writing
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: safeway-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 08 Aug 2004 11:14 PDT
Expires: 07 Sep 2004 11:14 PDT
Question ID: 385076
I am writing a book about my mom's illness and death. Her faith in the
Lord through all this, our gifts from the Lord after her death. Since
all of us children helped my dad take care of her. I will have a
chapter on information about hospice, who helped with her care. Web
sites address's for those looking for ansewers to the same situation.
You gave me the ansewer with facts about us baby boomers taking care
of our parents. My questions is since this information to my question
is on the web site for all to get, can I use the facts in the  ansewer
and  web site's listed for readers to go to for information.
Subject: Re: Can I use information I find on the internet in a book I am writing
Answered By: serenata-ga on 08 Aug 2004 13:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Safeway ~

Reading this - and your previous question - it seems as though you
have recently lost your mother. Please accept my sympathy for your
loss. I know how hard that can be.

So far as your using the material you received in the answer for your book ... 

Google Answers Researchers often provide references and material which
later makes its way into books in one form or another.

You got a lot of good resources and information which you can feel
free to use in your book, but I would offer this caveat:

You can use the information - but I wouldn't quote everything exactly,
and any reference to source, of course, should be properly attributed.

Google's Terms of Service, 2. Proper Use, provide,

     "You may not sell, use, reproduce, modify, edit,
      translate, publish, perform, display, post, transmit
      and distribute questions, comments or answers for
      any public or commercial purpose without the written
      permission of Google."

That is not saying you can't use the information you have received in
your own writing, but in such a way so as not to be directly quoting,
verbatim, the information.

Likewise, many of the reference links you got in your answer, such as
the Washington Times and other periodicals, have copyrights, so
attribute them as a source, but if you extensively quote or reprint
portions of those materials, you should do so only with their

Government articles and statistics are usually available with no
copyright problems ... although the source should be attributed to
authenticate your facts.

My recommendation would be to contact those sites you wish to quote or
reference and ask for their permission. I can't imagine that any would
be reluctant to grant permission, but then you have protected yourself
from any possible claims of copyright infringement.

An extra advantage of doing so is that you may often get additional
information which can be incorporated in your book.

Now, make no mistake, there is no problem using small quotes and
attribute the source, much the same as the answer to your question.
This is protected under the "Fair Use" doctrine and is not considered
copyright infringement.

I often quote sources in small part in answer to a question with no problem.

However, the answer you received becomes a copyrighted document
itself, even if it does quote from and reference to other sources.

You can do the same, but I think you will find in the long run it is
to your advantage to contact the source and inform them that you wish
to quote from or use that information and reference the source (either
their website or other source) and get their permission to do so.

For your reference, here is some information from the U. S. Copyright
Office regarding Fair Use,

And from Title 17, Chapter 1, Sec. 107, "Limitations on exclusive
rights: Fair use" from the United States Code,

The above information should help you understand to what extent and
how to use the sources you received in your previous answer.

As a boomer myself whose mother passed away a short time ago, I
appreciate and am sorry for the loss of your mother. It is so hard to
lose someone you love.

Search terms ~
  - Google Terms of Service
  - Fair Use Doctrine

Best of luck in your book,

Google Answers Researcher

Request for Answer Clarification by safeway-ga on 08 Aug 2004 15:06 PDT
This is all new to me, writing a book. What do you mean by small quotes.
I planned on using my ansewers in a type of referance format including
the source from which the information came from.

Clarification of Answer by serenata-ga on 08 Aug 2004 16:40 PDT
Hello again Billie Ann ~

What I meant by "small quotes" was quoting small amounts, not the
whole article ... (hence "small quotes", which probably only made
sense to me?).

In any case, think of it as similar to research for a term paper,
except in this case, you contact the sources you quote for permission
and at the same time you can ask if they have any other insights they
might like to share (two birds, one stone).

I bet you'll get more material than you have found in print on even
online by doing so!.

Thank you so much for the kind comments, the 5-star rating and the
most generous tip.

All all very much appreciated!

safeway-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $20.00
Once again you came through with not only fast service. Your ansewer
was in great detail and a big help. Surley I do not want to upset any
one or break the law. For I am very navie in all this. I was a little
afraid you would not ansewer my question, for it might fall into legal
advice. Not only did you ansewer it, you gave me advice on the matter.
I will contact Google to use the ansewers suppied to me in my first
question. You took the time to read my other question. You even put a
personal note of your symathy for my lost. I appreciate this personnal
type service. You made me feel as a real person, with a real problem
you were trying to help. I also am sorry for the lost of your mother.
It's been a hard year since her death. Now I have purpose to write
about her illness, her faith and taking care of her. I know there has
to be others out there this book can help. With confort, faith, and
courage to those looking for ansewers. Thank you Billie Ann

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