Copyright and Plagiarism

 I really shouldn't need to say this, but everything I write here is my intellectual property and cannot be copied and pasted and passed off as someone else's work. Just because I share some of my research online, just because I make it available for you to read, does not mean that it's freely available for anyone to copy into their own work without crediting me. If you want to use my material, great, but you absolutely must cite it in an endnote or footnote. Copying my phrasing word for word or almost exactly word for word, copying entire paragraphs that I wrote and pasting them into your own manuscript, without indicating where you took it from, is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal. Just because this is a blog and not a book or an academic paper, does not in any way give you the right to copy my work and pretend that you wrote it. Copyright laws do apply to blogs, and even if they didn't, stealing someone else's work and pretending you wrote it is just a really shitty thing to do. If it was only a sentence or two, I'd shrug it off - it's all too easy to take a phrase from someone else's work and forget where it came from, and genuinely think it's your own - but I've seen two published books by well-established authors where entire paragraphs have been lifted from my blog. This cannot possibly have been done by accident. This is theft, and you're opening yourself up to legal action.

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