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Is it legal to rewrite content from copyright books?

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  1. adward

    adward Power Member

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    I don't know if anyone used to rewrite the contents from copyright books? I think we already rewrite so there is no problem. What do you think about that?
     
  2. eskimo

    eskimo Regular Member

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    depends on how much you rewrite it. if its clearly 99% the same as the original, then yes, its illegal
     
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    peter2002 Senior Member

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    It's legal if you re-write it correctly and maybe even put in some of your own ideas and twists.
     
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    if you can make it unique atleast to 50% you are safe
     
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    Rewriting it and making it 100% unique is possible and legit! But i always would want to put in my own idea instead of copying the whole..
     
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    Even though the idea is still the same, as long as you rephrase all the sentences it should be OK.
     
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  7. eskimo

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    Also mix up the order of paragraphs (so long as it still makes sense).

    My way , which is a bit slow but works well, is to read a couple of lines, and then rewrite it from memory. By doing that you end up writing it in your own words. The key is to do longer and longer chunks of text from memory, so read like and entire paragraph, and the rewrite it.

    Also, depending on what you are rewriting, I often try have a few sources. So if its an article about some new car, I will try have at least 2 or 3 articles that I am rewriting from and take bits from each.

    The fact of the matter is, rewriting sucks ass. Try write from scratch. If it is a topic you are interested in, it shouldn't be a problem
     
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    I agree with eskimo's method. Start by doing rewrites from memory.

    What you will find with most book sources though, is that depending on the book, the content does not easily translate to the web, or outside the context of the book.

    What you might want to do, for best results, is to jot down the structure of the article you want to produce, and then use the book's content to fill in the blanks.

    This ties in very nicely with the other point eskimo made ... you will then find yourself using more than one article as a source.

    Depending on the your site, the nature of the article and your business model, you might also find it profitable to quote an extract from the book, with a link to the amazon.com page to the book, with all the associated affiliate income that can generate.
     
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    zebrahat Elite Member

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    Another book rewrite method is based on classic skim-read summation. Take the main point of a paragraph (usually the first sentence) and rewrite it, then move on to the next one in the same fashion. You can do this on the fly either reading-then-typing, or reading then using Dragon Naturally Speaking. After a few pages you have decent and unique article or blog entry that likely can't be sourced back to the original.
     
  10. cousty

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    Yeah, I'm not sure if any of us are really qualified to tell you what is going to be legal and illegal. The fact of the matter is, if you leave text open while you're writing something and refer back to it - it's probably pretty risky. My wife is in the PhD program and all she does is research and write based on that research. I don't always listen to her talk about everything involving research and writing (pretty boring), but I do remember being shocked at how strict they are about referencing sources of quotes AND ideas.

    Bottom line, not every idea is new, not every phrase can be unique. Writing from memory is probably a safer bet. If you're really worried about it, consult an attorney. Good luck!