Before I get underway posting any of my material, I have a few things to say. This blog, like every other blog, is considered a publication, just the same as a book, magazine, journal, or newspaper. Unless stated otherwise, anything that I post on this blog, be it text or pictures, is considered to be my personal property. If I want to include pictures or quotations from other sources in my writings, I need to gain permission from the original author, publisher, or artist BEFORE I do so. This is not only an act of courtesy, but IT IS ALSO THE LAW. Using someone else’s material without citing it as belonging to the original author/publisher/artist AND getting permission from the original author/publisher/artist is considered an act of plagiarism and theft, and there may be legal consequences.
If you wish to use someone else’s stuff in any publication, you must do two things:
1) Get permission to do it from the original author/publisher/artist.
2) State where you got the material from. Always include the name of the artist or author, and state the name of the source, be it a book or a website.
Doing just one without the other doesn’t count.
As you can see, I take this sort of thing very seriously, so don’t do anything stupid. If you wish to include someone else’s writings or pictures in your publication, get permission and cite your sources. Forgive me if I sound a bit stern, but I want to be very clear about this before I progress any further with this blog so that people know where I stand and what they need to do if they want to use my material.
That being said, I hope that you find my posts entertaining and informative. I look forward to any academic or artistic feedback regarding my work. Take care.