Young Composers:Copyrights

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Using Copyrighted Material

All works are copyrighted unless either they fall into the public domain or their copyright is explicitly disclaimed. If you use part of a copyrighted work under "fair use", or if you obtain special permission to use a copyrighted work from the copyright holder under the terms of our license, you must make a note of that fact (along with names and dates). Never use materials that infringe the copyrights of others. This could create legal liabilities and seriously hurt our project. If in doubt, write it yourself.

Note that copyright law governs the creative expression of ideas, not the ideas or information themselves. Therefore, it is legal to read an encyclopedia article or other work, reformulate the concepts in your own words, and submit it to our site. However, it would still be unethical (but not illegal) to do so without citing the original as a reference. See plagiarism and fair use for discussions of how much reformulation is necessary in a general context.

Linking Directly to Copyrighted Material

It is not necessary to obtain the permission of a copyright holder before linking to copyrighted material, just as an author of a book does not need permission to cite someone else's work in their bibliography.

Reusing Young Composers Material

Unless otherwise stated, all article content falls under the GNU Free Documentation License. If you use material from Young Composers elsewhere, don't forget to cite it. Articles may also include quotations, images, or other media under the U.S. Copyright law "fair use" doctrine.