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answered Real cities & placing fictional cities
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answered How do I cite an unnamed lecture that took place somewhere in Dade County and was published on YouTube?
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
@ghoppe I do agree that this is not the right place for an in-depth discussion of these issues. That may be the only point we agree on. :-) This thread started with me trying to address a grammar issue -- the etymology, use, and meaning of the word "Christianism" -- and we got off track.
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
@PaulA.Clayton Oh, sorry, the way your post was worded I just jumped to the conclusion that you were the OP, didn't think to check. Rather than edit my post, let me just leave this comment to say, Please interpret in light of this clarification.
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
... different perspectives, who all the groups are in the context of your story, etc. I think you have at that point pretty much forced yourself to explain the different perspectives on the rules as each new character narrator is introduced. Maybe you could have a statement of the rules once at the beginning, and then as each character is introduced he discusses his perspective or interpretation. That could actually be an interesting premise -- like Roshomon or Hoodwinked, if you are familiar with those.
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
Okay, that's a significant clarification to your question. You might add something about that to the question. But all that said, it sounds like you CAN'T just give the rules once up front. Unless you have a long list of "here are the rules from the perspective of a necromancer, now here are the rules from the perspective of a witch, now here are the rules from the perspective of a sorcerer", etc. That sounds like it would be REALLY tedious, especially as at that point you wouldn't have introduced any of the characters yet, so you'd also have to be explaining just why they all have ...
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
If you think about it, what you are asking is what reporters do every day. They attend a speech by a politician or a celebrity and then write a news story reporting what the speaker said. I've never heard of someone suing a reporter for copyright violation for reporting on a speech. Maybe for libel if they radically misquote the speech, but not copyright violation.
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
I don't have a long list of relevant court cases off the top of my head so I can't cite a specific precedent on that, but this isn't an idea I just made up -- I don't claim any copyright on it! -- you can find this in many discussions of copyright.
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
@ochado Okay, maybe that particular court case wasn't the best example. But the same principle applies: an idea is not protected by copyright, just the words used to express that idea. If someone writes an editorial in which he says that he thinks the U.S. should send military aid to Ukraine (just to pick something at random), he has a copyright in the specific words he used. But he does not have a copyright in the idea of sending military aid to Ukraine. He can't sue everyone else who suggests aiding Ukraine for copyright violation, as long as they do not use the same words.
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answered Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
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comment Structuring and audience in non-fiction
I think a book SHOULD be linearly dependent. But unfortunately reality may not be.
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answered Structuring and audience in non-fiction
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comment online database of clever phrases
@tave Read Shakespeare's plays: They're full of clichés. It's amazing how that man took all those clichés and managed to string them together to make a coherent story.
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answered online database of clever phrases
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comment Ethics of incorporating a supplier's technical documentation into one's own documentation?
Yes. If S's documentation comes with a licensing agreement that allows such re-use, than of course it's fine. If you contact them and they give you permission, it's fine. Otherwise, this is not just unethical but totally illegal and S could drag M to court. Citing a source is protection against charges of plagiarism, but NOT against copyright violation. The law views copyright violation as a form of stealing. You can't defend yourself from a theft charge by saying, "But I wrote the name of the person I stole the car from on the bumper!"
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comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
Hmm, I've seen it done with and without spaces. I have no idea which is more common. It probably is more readable with spaces.
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comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
It's only "subjective" if there is no established convention and people start discussing what they think the convention ought to be. I don't think it's appropriate to close a question when the close criteria only apply if the answer is "no".