Student's Email Requesting to Use One of My Articles

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
    Kenna McHughposted 2 months ago

    I am inclined to say, "No, thank you." Or should I even respond? What do you think? DenGarden has made comments available. Why didn't the student just leave a comment? Or is it a phishing email?

    Email:

    "Hello! I am currently a student at Illinois State University. I am taking an Electronic Business Management class where we are working on creating our own blogs. My blog focuses on indoor plant care as I am a huge plant lover myself. After reading your page, I think that you provide a lot of great knowledge within the pages you've created about plants! I am reaching out to you because I was just wondering if I would be able to have permission to republish the page that you have created titled, "Identify, Treat, and Prevent Indoor Plant Pests" from August of 2023. Of course, I would give you credit for your article!

    Thank you so much and let me know your thoughts!"

    1. WriterJanis profile image92
      WriterJanisposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      I think it sounds sincere. I would suggest telling this person they are welcome to post a link to your article, but not the article itself.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Good idea! I will probably do that.

    2. CYong74 profile image95
      CYong74posted 2 months agoin reply to this

      It seems a bit odd to me that the student wants to report the entire article, when like WriterJanis said, a link would be fine.

      I would reply and say so, but perhaps not with your usual email.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah. I'll use an old gmail address or something.

    3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Sharing the link to the article is the right thing to do, with a brief introduction to your original published article.
      It’s good that the student is asking for your permission. I have found many people copy/ paste other’s works on various social media platforms without any acknowledgment to the original writer. It has happened with me too.
      Best Wishes.

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
        Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you, yes, I agree.

  2. MsDora profile image93
    MsDoraposted 2 months ago

    I agree that posting a link seems like the most appropriate thing to do.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      I reply by suggesting a link and summarizing.

  3. Miebakagh57 profile image68
    Miebakagh57posted 2 months ago

    If you agree to copy and paste, and should the student didn't you, you sold your right.                                             Your link will tell everyone it's your story in its emtity.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Exactly.

  4. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 months ago

    How about a compromise; suggest the student summarize your article and post a link. Allowing the whole piece to be used seems to me to be fraught with possible problems re. plagiarism.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Good point, Rupert. I will do that. Thank you.

  5. Dean Traylor profile image94
    Dean Traylorposted 2 months ago

    I've had a student contact me about using images from an article. I haven't responded. So, I'm not sure if this is coincidence or not.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      That's interesting. This student's name is Kara Pokrzywa. She agreed to summarize my article with a link.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image68
        Miebakagh57posted 2 months agoin reply to this

        What if she later used the summary to re-write an entire article in her own words?

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
          Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          That is nothing new on the Internet. I can't do anything about it.

  6. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 months ago

    It's so sad that we have to be suspicious of the motives behind what is likely a completely innocent request

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Good point, Rupert.

    2. Miebakagh57 profile image68
      Miebakagh57posted 2 months agoin reply to this

      I agree intoto.

  7. janshares profile image93
    jansharesposted 2 months ago

    I would tell him he can put the link to your article on his page. Tell him copyright laws forbid pasting the entire page. He can write an intro blurb/summary to introduce your article. This way, you are protected, and he gets the benefit of the doubt that he's legit.

    Edit: Oops! I see you already did this. Great!

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Jan. It's okay. I always appreciate your input.

  8. Genna East profile image82
    Genna Eastposted 2 months ago

    I agree with the link, and hope this works well.  There is so much plagiarism afoot, this is perhaps the safest way to protect your work, Kenna.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image68
      Miebakagh57posted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Good talk.

    2. Kenna McHugh profile image90
      Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      Yes. She's linking the article instead.

      1. WriterJanis profile image92
        WriterJanisposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Sounds like this has worked out well for you.

        1. Kenna McHugh profile image90
          Kenna McHughposted 2 months agoin reply to this

          Janis, Yes. Everyone's input was helpful! Thank you.

  9. Miebakagh57 profile image68
    Miebakagh57posted 2 months ago

    It's a sound deal.

 
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