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? Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 13:05
  • They don't want either
    – Ooker
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 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 Commented Nov 21, 2020 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
    Commented Nov 21, 2020 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. Commented Nov 21, 2020 at 20:24

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