I'm assuming we should provide definitions using our own words.
Copy/pasting a definition from somewhere else would be unacceptable, am I correct?
I'll give you an example of what I mean:
Against the clock:
in a race with time; in
a great hurry to get something done before
a particular time.
Now the above definition isn't from me. Would I have to rephrase it in my own words so that it wouldn't violate any copyright infringements?
The problem I have with that is that sometimes a definition is perfect the way it is and rephrasing it just so that it doesn't look the same at the cost of quality just doesn't seem like a good solution to me.
Does intellectual property applies to idioms?
Yes, I believe copyright and intellectual property rights apply to idioms and other reference definitions. However, I've also asked the Editor to take a look at this discussion and give his views.
I'm looking forward to his explanations.
Idioms being what they are, I think it's kind of "dodgy" as far as what is copyright infringement and what isn't.
Would changing a single word in a definition bypass any copyright legislation as it would then change the original definition to a new one?
If not, I'm puzzled as to what extent I can use another reference's definition.
Let's wait and see
There's nothing really dodgy- if it's copied, it's an infringement. Many definitions will naturally be almost identical, but it is a matter of trying to weed out those that are copied from original wordings. If enough words were changed that it did not resemble a straight copy, it would be acceptable. If hundreds of idioms were identical or differed by one word, then that would constitute an infringement. If a few get past the filter, then I doubt that much would happen. They don't appear on the site immediately, so there are opportunities to deal with this.
Ok. I'm seriously considering submitting some idioms.
Out of vanity, where exactly will our name appear in the credits?
Actually my English is not good.I always made mistake when I speak English,the Grammar is poor---because I only studied grammer in the middle school...My pronounce is not good...Yeah,I try to learn and I try to change..
I really like English,but I hate remember English words and I hate read English books,I only like speak English and I like talking...so much.
So,I decided go to school and I spend money to study English...But,that's not easy...I have no money,I am poor..
So I don't know how to do