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Control copyright icon Hello Uw-copyright-new, and welcome to QuIRC. While we appreciate your contributions to QuIRC, there are certain things you must keep in mind about using information from sources to avoid copyright and plagiarism issues.

  • You can only copy/translate a small amount of a source, and you must mark what you take as a direct quotation with double quotation marks (") and cite the source using an inline citation. You can read about this at QuIRC:Non-free content in the sections on "text". See also Help:Referencing for beginners, for how to cite sources here.
  • Aside from limited quotation, you must put all information in your own words and structure, in proper paraphrase. Following the source's words too closely can create copyright problems, so it is not permitted here; see QuIRC:Close paraphrasing. (There is a college-level introduction to paraphrase, with examples, hosted by the Online Writing Lab of Purdue.) Even when using your own words, you are still, however, asked to cite your sources to verify the information and to demonstrate that the content is not original research.
  • Our primary policy on using copyrighted content is QuIRC:Copyrights. You may also want to review QuIRC:Copy-paste.
  • If you own the copyright to the source you want to copy or are a legally designated agent, you may be able to license that text so that we can publish it here. Understand, though, that unlike many other sites, where a person can license their content for use there and retain non-free ownership, that is not possible at QuIRC. Rather, the release of content must be irrevocable, to the world, into the public domain (PD) or under a suitably-free and compatible copyright license. Such a release must be done in a verifiable manner, so that the authority of the person purporting to release the copyright is evidenced. See QuIRC:Donating copyrighted materials.
  • In very rare cases (that is, for sources that are PD or compatibly licensed) it may be possible to include greater portions of a source text. However, please seek help at QuIRC:Media copyright questions, the help desk or the Teahouse before adding such content to the article. 99.9% of sources may not be added in this way, so it is necessary to seek confirmation first. If you do confirm that a source is public domain or compatibly licensed, you will still need to provide full attribution; see QuIRC:Plagiarism for the steps you need to follow.
  • Also note that QuIRC articles may not be copied or translated without attribution. If you want to copy or translate from another QuIRC project or article, you must follow the copyright attribution steps in QuIRC:Translation#How to translate. See also QuIRC:Copying within QuIRC.

It's very important that contributors understand and follow these practices, as policy requires that people who persistently do not must be blocked from editing. If you have any questions about this, you are welcome to leave me a message on my talk page. Thank you.

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  • article (or the first positional parameter): This optional parameter adds after the "welcome" sentence: " Your addition to [[article title]] has had to be removed, as it appears to have added copyrighted material to QuIRC without permission from the copyright holder."
  • comment (or the second positional parameter): This adds an extra sentence or sentences before the final "Thank you."
  • student (or the third positional parameter): using this parameter add the following after "visit me at my talk page": "or to reach out to your campus ambassador".