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When quoting other websites for discussion, as a guide, our understanding of "fair use" means that up to a quarter of an article or three paragraphs (whatever is the lesser) can be pasted into the forum. Care should be exercised when quoting from personal websites; whereas one can usually quote more liberally from news articles, yet still within the stated guidelines. It must be made clear before a quotation that it is a quote and separate from your own thoughts, and a link given.
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Miller, R. L. & Jentz, G. A. (2006). Business law today: Instructor's edition (7th Ed.). Thomson/South-Western. Mason, Ohio.[/size]