Ellen Hornig's statement about fair use of Internet postings and published material is correct. I did not say, or intend to imply, that Glattstein had misused her sources in any legal sense. Attribution by name is frequent in her text. My point was that a bibliography should have been included, and that explicit mention of the PBS and perhaps Alpine-L should have been made in a prominent place, such as the Acknowledgments. This is not a legal issue, but a social one. Ellen is correct that one doesn't expect citations in general-audience periodical journalism, but my feeling as a book editor who has worked both in academia and in other publishing is that book publication, even when for a general audience as this one is, should be held to a somewhat higher standard. Jane McGary Ellen wrote: >As far as I know, anything published on the web (in a venue accessible to >the public) becomes part of the public domain, and can be freely quoted >(which is different from being presented a sone's own work - that would >still be plagiarism); and certainly other published writings may always be >quoted without the writer's permission, as long as the source is >acknowledged. I do understand that in academic writing these quotes would >need to be formally footnoted - I was an academic myself for 13 years - but >in journalism, if that's the correct description of Judy's books, footnotes >are certainly not the norm. The parallel I would use is that when someone >speaks at a public gathering, their words are commonly reproduced in the >press with attribution, but not with express permission -that would only >be needed if the talk were "off the record", which PBS and published >writings clearly are not. > >Thus, while I would agree that under the circumstances a bibliography >citing sources used, even if such sources are not cited individually in the >text, would have been a good thing, I really don't see where the express >permission of the source would in any of the cases mentioned have been >required, unless the source gave the information to Judy in an unpublished >format (private correspondence or unpublished letters, documents or >scholarship).