Author Topic: copyrights  (Read 11536 times)


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« on: July 24, 2007, 11:41:54 AM »
I've started writing some of the articles for the most wanted sections. I'm not sure about copyright issues as they pertain to the statement on the site about not submitting copyrighted materials without permission.
I would assume that I can paraphrase and/or summarize others work for the wiki. Is this correct?
for example, I am working on the text for estimating bitterness. I am writing the section about Tinseth. Can I summarize his work and put in the calculations for IBU without contacting him about permission or is this an area where we need his permission to reproduce his formulas?


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Re: copyrights
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 09:13:08 PM »
  I'm no expert on these things, but I think that if you write an original article and include Tinseth's formula along with appropriate references (for example a link to Glenn Tinseth's Hops Page and credit him for developing the formula) you would be on pretty safe ground.  It would be much like citing a formula from a physics or chemistry book in another article. 

  Copying his page or an article someone wrote wholesale would clearly be wrong, but I believe quoting a formula with appropriate references and citation is acceptable.

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Re: copyrights
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 09:17:35 AM »
OK. I've paraphrased the part about the research he did and I think I've got my 'versions' of the formulas. In his work he talks about bigness factors etc, and I was trying to avoid those to keep it a little more simple.  I'll type some more on what I have and get it posted.

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Re: copyrights
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 10:02:49 AM »

Even if you paraphrase, if it comes off sounding like your own ideas or conclusions when in reality you are just re-stating someone else's... you could be on thin ice.

It would be best to state clearly that the figures you are presenting come from "ABC" and then give a link to that source.  For example: "According to Glenn Tinseth, hop utilization is..." as shown on his website:

Now you are covered by crediting the originating author and providing the source publication.
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