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
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