The Purpose of this Blog
Understanding the purpose of this blog will assist in informing my fair use policy. This blog started because I personally enjoy reading and learning about our parliamentary institutions in Canada. I think that we have a rich political history that is present in how our parliament functions as a whole and from day to day. I’ve spent a lot of my time researching how parliament works on my own, and decided to start this blog to share with others what I have researched and learned in that process. All of that being said, this is not an academic blog by any stretch of the imagination. It is a collection of what I research and learn about parliament and is a window into research I would be doing even without a blog to inform my own personal opinion. I will never earn money from this blog (through commissioned writing, advertisement or click-bait). I will never ask money in return for me sharing what I otherwise would have been researching on my own accord.
Fair Use Policy
This blog is protected by a Creative Commons Copyright that permits the sharing of this blog in any medium or format and the adaptation of material in any medium provided that the material is properly attributed to this blog including an in-line link to the original material here on this site. Furthermore, because I do not make money on this site, and will never seek to make money, neither can people who share my material. If you have any questions on the copyright policy of this blog you can clarify through comment on the post you would like to copy from and I will get back to you. When in doubt, always hold off on sharing and ask, it is better to get things cleared up than have to remove and alter posts after the fact.
Don’t Plagiarize Me Bro (from Ba’slan shev’la)
This is the gist of the policy. Copying or sharing my work is permitted provided that proper attribution is given. The following outlines the policy in greater detail:
1. Copying up to a maximum of three sentences. Requires proper citation in brackets following the quotation with proper markings. The citation should have a hyperlink to the original article on this blog. For example: “These collective appointments will become the executive arm of government, one of the most important parliamentary institutions, so let’s take a look at what goes into building a modern Canadian cabinet, and the procedure and law that surrounds its creation.” (Parliament.Blog). Be careful not to just link to the homepage of the blog because I use ping backs to track citations to my work. If this is not followed I will request that you change the hyperlink or request that the work be removed for plagiarism.
2. Copying four sentences or more. You must include this citation as a block quote in HTML format with proper attribution. It cannot be part of the in-line text because of the amount you are pulling from my site. At the end of the block quote you must include a hyperlink to the original entry on the blog. If your blog/social media does not support block quotes than send me a message and we can come to an agreement on proper attribution for copying three sentences or more. For example:
Another example where Stephen Harper could hold on to power is more sinister in terms of how Canadians have come to understand the function of the House of Commons and the formation of government (which, for the record, is largely misinformed) but I would argue is more plausible than the first situation (at least in terms of the composition of parliament as a result of the election). Let’s say it goes right down the middle of Mr. Grenier’s seat count projection. The Liberal Party taking 149 seats, the Conservative Party 118 and the NDP 66 (again, it wouldn’t matter how the other parties came out). In this instance the 28th Canadian Ministry would continue as per the incumbency convention. There is a snag here however, as all three federal leaders have stated that they believe the statement that the leader with the plurality of seats gets first crack at forming government to be true and so, politically speaking, Harper would face pressure to step down (thus keeping the incumbency convention intact as well). However, Stephen Harper could decide to not step down, remain Prime Minister and delay the opening of parliament to buy time. This is highly unlikely, but would be well within the bounds of the Constitution. (Parliament.Blog)
3. Copying an entire entry. Cross-posting is allowed under the Creative Commons Copyright provided that you make no financial gain from your blog/social media site. Entire entries must have the same headline as the original title and must include the following italicized line at the start of the body hyperlinked to the original post on this blog: X-posted from Parliament.Blog. This line must be at the start of the entry before any other text and it must be italicized to stand out from the body text. If this is not followed you will be asked to remove the entire entry for plagiarism.
4. Copying images. The bulk of the images in this blog are not owned by me. They are borrowed from other sites through-out the internet with proper attribution to the original source. Because I do not make any money from this blog and because I am willing to remove content at the request of the owner I avoid copyright issues. If you borrow an image on this blog you are required to link to the original source, and not to this site. Failure to do so will result in a request that you remove the material for plagiarism and I will inform the original creator that their work is being used without proper attribution.
5. Social Media Buttons. I’ve included a selection of social media buttons at the bottom of each post that allow you to share my entries on various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc). These are included for your convenience and are designed to include proper accreditation when shared on social media. You are encouraged to use these buttons to share my entries with friends and family.
Who Can Use Blog Works
Anyone who manages or contributed to a blog or social media account that does not result in any financial gain may share my work with the above conditions and formatting. Students are discouraged from citing my blog in their academic work because I am not a proper academic source, however if are permitted to cite non-academic sources in your work please use your schools formatting system (AMA, Chicago Style, etc). If you are making money off of your work than under no circumstances are you permitted to cite my work. If you are a teacher or professor you may use my work in your lectures and may share the blog with students but I would like to be informed prior to sharing and reserve the right to refuse permitting sharing for any reason. Journalists, activists and professional writers may not use my work in any capacity but may request permission directly to me. I reserve the right to refuse the sharing of my work in any capacity.
Purpose of the Policy
At the end of the day, I would like to be credited for the work that I put into this blog. As stated above, I do not and never will make any financial gain from this blog. It takes me on average three days to research and write a single post and I would like the proper credit for this work. On the other hand, the entire purpose of this blog is to share what I have learned with other people so we can all learn more about how our parliament and government works in Canada. You are encouraged to share what you read on this blog but proper attribution must be given.
At the request of the artist to designed the logo I have used on the header of this blog, I would like to thank Leonine from DeviantArt for her design and for sharing it for public use. I think it is a beautiful and gracious form of heraldry for the Crown-in-Canada and I very much enjoy included it on my blog. I have edited the image for size (a simple scaled resizing) for formatting purposed on the website.