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  1. #1
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    Default Using Information from a Proprietary Publication in a Public Domain Publication

    I want to use some information from a proprietary publication in a public domain publication.

    1. Can I do that if I put the proprietary publication in the references?

    2. If so, what happens when someone removes the references?
    Isn't anything public domain which descends from a public domain work?

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    Default Re: Using Information from a Proprietary Publication in a Public Domain Publication

    What do you mean by proprietary? What do you mean by information?

    Adding "credit" generally doesn't make illegal acts legal except when there is a license that authorizes to do things provided you give credit.

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    Default Re: Using Information from a Proprietary Publication in a Public Domain Publication

    You cannot use property owned by someone else without their permission.

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    Default Re: Using Information from a Proprietary Publication in a Public Domain Publication

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    What do you mean by proprietary? What do you mean by information?

    Adding "credit" generally doesn't make illegal acts legal except when there is a license that authorizes to do things provided you give credit.
    Proprietary: appeared in a scientific journal, for example; or in a book and not public domain.
    Information: not a word-by-word quotation, but review and usage of a little part of the contents of the proprietary publication in other words.

    Scientists usually use information from other works when they write a publication,
    and then mention the references in the references section of the publication.
    As far as I know, they act legally if they mention the references,
    but they do not act legally if they do not mention the appropriate references (plagiarism or something?)

    Thus, if I would act like a scientist and write a public domain work with some non-public domain references,
    what would happen?

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    Default Re: Using Information from a Proprietary Publication in a Public Domain Publication

    It depends on the facts. You're being cagey, so we can't answer - and I suspect that you're not even in the U.S.

    Consult a lawyer in your nation with your actual plan.

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