Hello Elizabeth Roycroft,
Yes, as long as you give all information as to where the information came from, making sure it is separate from your writing to prevent any confusion as to who the author is. Use the foot notes, reference numbers and bibliography to your advantage. If it is possible, I like the idea of using a link as Nancy Korf suggests.
Besides, how do we learn from each other if we do not share each others’ knowledge? Is that not why we write in the first place?
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I beieve, and you should check to be certain, that any written information that is publicly available can be quoted or cited if it is not the basis upon which the person republishing the information intends to provide for financial gain/profit. You cannot pass the information off as your original content either, unless you can prove that you had the same idea or drew the same conclusions separately and prior to being exposed to the content in question. I have seen a number of published articles discussing and either supporting or discrediting others’ published writings/opinions, that didn’t appear to give any more credit than stating the name of the publication and author. If you are using another authors text in a publication, you should always give the author credit and cite the original text/publication.
I am not a copyright lawyer. So, if you are concerned, you could always contact the publisher and ask if your use is something that they would object to your doing. And if you have a legal department or council, you could ask them.
If I’m going to share information that I’ve learned, I typically link directly from the source. For example, I like to share the articles from the IDEA fit feed on my business fb page. I’ll place my short commentary on why I liked the article or why I think it’s a good read for my clients, then I’ll past the link.
I’m not an expert on the law. But whenever I’ve written papers or articles (grad school or professionally), I’ve either paraphrased the main idea in my own words, added my own content, then included a correct citation to the source material. if I’m using a short piece exactly, I put it within quotations so it’s very clear that I’m not the author.