Talk:Roland John Wiley

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The primary source for creating this article is a University of Michigan faculty page. Pages of this nature are generally provided by institutes of higher education as material for press and public relations use, as well as for educational and informational purposes. This is especially true when a faculty member has published a book or thesis, has received an award or grant or done something otherwise noteworthy that will enhance the reputation of the institute. Roland John Wiley falls under this category, in light of his continued research, consulting and authorial efforts. The University of Michigan material should be considered Free Use and therefore acceptable source material to initiate a Wiki article on Wiley. Jonyungk (talk) 23:43, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately, it can't be considered free use in this context. Content submitted to Wikipedia must be licensed under CC-BY-SA or the GFDL, and the copyright holder must explicitly agree to this because, among other things, this means that the content may be used commercially and it may be modified without the permission of the copyright holder. The University of Michigan may not be aware of those implications and may therefore not agree to the licensure; however, if you believe they will, you can always follow the instructions at Wikipedia:Requesting copyright permission to ask them. Alternatively, you can rewrite the biography in your own words as while the presentation of the biography (in language and structure) is copyrighted, the facts therein are not. Until either of those things occurs, I'm afraid I'll have to blank the article until we can confirm it's appropriately licensed. Please feel free to let me know on this talk page or on my own if you have any questions. Thanks, — madman 20:03, 29 February 2012 (UTC)
Actually, I'm going to ask someone else to take a look at this one; with your rewrites, it may be fine. — madman 20:04, 29 February 2012 (UTC)
I think it needed a bit more work, as it still followed very closely in structure and language on the original in places. What I've done is rewrite, restructure and bring in additional sourcing, which is one of the best ways to resolve close paraphrasing issues. :) There seems to be quite a bit out there about Mr. Wiley; I would recommend looking for more to further expand particularly his biographical material so that we are not so heavily reliant on the University of Michigan faculty page. This is important for a couple of reasons, not only to help us avoid close paraphrasing but also because the University of Michigan is affiliated with the subject. Mr. Wiley is clearly quite notable, and it is better to establish that through sources that are not related to him. I would look more, but I'm afraid it's my bedtime! --Moonriddengirl (talk) 02:17, 1 March 2012 (UTC)