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aSK:Copying from other sites

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A Storehouse of Knowledge desires to have only original content, but will allow the following exceptions.

  • Members may request permission to copy to A Storehouse of Knowledge articles or parts of articles that they themselves have written and contributed to other sites.
  • Essays, pictures, and other non-mainspace content produced by the member may be copied to A Storehouse of Knowledge without restriction.

Copying articles

To copy your article to A Storehouse of Knowledge, you need to do the following:

  • Submit an application to the Content Review Committee by placing a request here.
    • Link to the article to be copied.
      • If the article has been edited by others, link to the version to be copied (i.e. a version that is all your own work).
      • If this is not possible, the article may be recreated on the member's sub-page and linked to there. Upon permission being given, it can be moved to mainspace.
    • Give a reason for making the copy. Reasons that the committee will consider favourably include one or more of the following:
      • The article no longer exists on the other site(s).
      • The article on the other site(s) is no longer recognisable in the form written by the member, it having been changed by others.
      • The member wishes to expand, update, or otherwise change the article, but is no longer contributing to the other site(s) to which the article was previously submitted.
      • Only part of an article will be copied.
      • The member is not proposing copying to A Storehouse of Knowledge large numbers of such articles.
      • (This list is not to be considered exhaustive; other reasons you provide will be considered on their merits.)
  • If and when permission is given, the following is to be done:
    • The article can be copied/recreated here, or moved into mainspace if already recreated in a member's sub-page.
    • The article must be modified to conform with the A Storehouse of Knowledge Style manual.
    • The article must have an {{article}} template at the top of the page, with an {{attribution}} template supplied to the attrib parameter of the former template.
Example:
{{article
|attrib={{attribution|site=Wikipedia|user L=Philip J. Rayment}}
}}
See the {{attribution}} template for further information on use.

Copying minor edits by others

Sometimes the case arises where you wish to copy your own work, but it has been lightly edited by others and such edits should themselves be copied. For example, you may have made a spelling mistake and someone else has corrected it: should you reproduce your own spelling mistake simply to avoid copying edits by others?

We can be guided here by a principle of patent law, which says that you can't claim exclusive rights to the only or the obvious way of doing something. That is, nobody can claim exclusive rights to a process if that process is the only or obvious way to achieve the outcome. Applying this to copying edits by others, we can say that nobody can claim copyright on correcting a spelling error.

The same principle can apply to some other minor edits, such as adding an obvious category or creating an obvious link. In considering whether to include the edits of others in your copying of the article, consider whether the edit is the only or the obvious way to word or code the article. A rephrasing, for example, is almost certainly not the only or obvious way to word a sentence, assuming the original phrasing was grammatically correct to start with.

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