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Did you credit the expert report with the words used?
Was it a passage or passages?
I did not credit the expert by name, I simply referred to 'the expert'. I did not want to mention him by name because I did not want it to be an ad hominem attack. The report was not a published report, it should be mentioned.
It was four short passages.
I have not received any advice yet - is this expert still online?
Yes I am considering your responses.
ah thank you
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the aim was to comment on the academic and scholarly aspects of his report - hence i did not mention him by name; he is not complaining that his name was not mentioned
To answer your questions:
1. Is this fair use or copyright infringement? - If you are going to use someone else's work, no matter how small you must credit them. So it must be referenced and credited. Otherwise it is a breach of intellectual copyright
2. Who owns the copyright of his report - him or the police force who commissioned it? - The author of the report would generally retain copyright, unless the rights were transferred to the Police, which they are generally not
I breached confidentiality by quoting from his report even though I did not mention any names of any parties. - If a party can be identified from the passage then you would have, but if you did not mention by name and it was not obvious then it wont be a breach of confidentiality
However I should say reports for Court are and should only be used for that purpose. They should not generally be disclosed outside of those proceedings
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
just one thing
the fact that i didn't mention his name
my aim was purely to talk about the scientific aspects of his evidence
which relates to a general theory in my field
Yes, but you used his material.
That in itself is a breach of intellectual property
ok so i should have mentioned his name - i agree
I understand it was an honest mitake.
it's just that i was not acting in bad faith
ok i think that covers it
thanks for your help alex
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