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I meet an excellent idea and really want to use it. The author allows me to do that, but I can't just copy the whole text. The problem is, I do want to use my own language, but in each sentence they have organized keywords in perfect combination, making it much concrete and enlightening, and I really don't know how to put it in another way. It's like a perfect quote or essay from a book that you just can't add or remove any word (or such modification can't be substantial). What should I do?

  • Why not just cite it? – DM_with_secrets Nov 21 '20 at 13:05
  • They don't want either – Ooker Nov 21 '20 at 14:19
  • I'm not sure they can stop you citing it, as long as you reference it correctly. But if you don't want to do that I don't have an answer, sorry – DM_with_secrets Nov 21 '20 at 15:58
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Paraphrase it as best you can.

Else just cite it. Permitted as fair use and what the original author wants is irrelevant.

Caveat: If you are talking about using pages of text then that may not be fair use. If you are talking about a paragraph then that should be okay.

  • yeah, I paraphrase it as best as I can, but their original wording is still obvious. It's actually a couple of their paragraphes in various places in our conversations (publicly on Reddit). Why would what they want is irrelevant? – Ooker Nov 21 '20 at 17:35
  • @Ooker Because if you want to cite it (and give them the proper credit), then I don't think they can stop you. Of course, if they're your friend and you want to keep it that way, then it might still count as 'relevant' to your friendship. – DM_with_secrets Nov 21 '20 at 20:24

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