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Actually, nothing. In non-fiction, as soon as you take anything from some other text – even your own! – you must enclose it in quotation marks, to show that it is a quotation, and give its source, even if you quote only a single word: When Stuart (1963) speaks of a "raise", it is obvious that ... In fiction, there are no clear conventions for this. ...


Basically ideas are not "copyrightable," on the expression of ideas is. Even if an idea is repeated, you're not guilty of plagiarism if your presentation is different. At a tender age, I started constructing a "Sound of Music" knockoff set in France, featuring a prominent family, and a governess for the "six" children in the shadow of World War II. ...

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