Wikipedia:Copying text from other sources


In most cases, you may not copy text from other sources into Wikipedia. Doing so is a copyright violation. Always write the articles in your own words and cite the sources of the article. Copyright violations are often speedily deleted. Facts cannot be copyright. Titles of people or publications can not be copyright. Text and illustrations prepared by the U.S. government are not copyright. They are in the public domain can be used without permission, but to avoid plagiarism a citation is required indicating their source. Material from US states and local governments is copyright, as is material from foreign governments. Copyrights expire after so many years and then the text becomes free.


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