This is a friendly reminder to all CiteHR members about posting Copyright material.
By posting this material you increase the risk of having the site closed down for copyright violations.
Is this what you really want? Do you want to lose the valuable resource here at CiteHR?
I have removed two postings today which including copyright books. They were both clearly identified as copyright material.

From Australia, Melbourne
Dear John, Thank you so much for removing posts that upload copyright protected material. Otherwise this cite will become best field for copycats! Ok... DVD
From India, Bangalore
Dear Aussie Jhon,
The interest to share easily camouflages the ignorance of copyright infringements. Please share few guidelines which needs to be kept in mind before posting any material. Here's few that I follow for authentic information sharing:
Share the source from where the information is received.
If the content is protected, request for permission
If the source remain unknown , declare it
Refer and link the content
Please add to the other points I am missing out on.

From India, Mumbai
Hi (Cite Contribution),

My criteria is very simple, I check for the © symbol or any wording that says things like Copyright or All Rights Reserved etc. It is usually found in the first few pages of every book. Sometimes, it will appear at the end, but that is rare.

Sadly, many people are confused by the notion that if it is an eBook, then it is freely available. That is not correct. A great many books, whether printed on paper or electronic (eBooks) are copyright material. Just because a book is in PDF format, this does not necessarily mean it is free to distribute.

Many of the copyrighted books that have appeared here on CiteHR are illegally scanned copies of printed books and may have been downloaded originally from illegal file sharing sites.

I also notice from time to time that the copyright information has been deleted. When I suspect a book like this is illegal, I check Amazon etc, to see if it is a book that is still in print and being sold.

Copyright owners are now becoming more vigilant and doing whatever is necessary to protect their rights and their livelihoods against pirates and thieves. I would not like to see CiteHR being prosecuted for distributing illegal material.

I understand that not all people can afford to buy the books and materials they need. HOWEVER, that does not give anyone the right to steal other people's material.

There are libraries in cities, universities and colleges, where one can search for material. There are second hand bookshops which may stock such books. For employed HR practitioners who need reference books, they should put a business case to their Management team recommending purchase for company use.

Hope that helps.

Kind regards

From Australia, Melbourne
Thanks John for reminding people and giving some guidelines.
My concern at prompted Sid to invite me to become a moderator. I had raised this concern in 2008. As you say, some remove the page that contains copyright symbol. I also check for the book in Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more, when I get a doubt.

From United Kingdom

I would like to clarify that CiteHR itself is actually not at peril when copyrighted books are uploaded on our network, as long as we comply to each and every take down request. We keep honoring such requests from time to time - we've been contacted by many well known authors and industrialists with take down requests, and we comply to all of them. This was reaffirmed by the dismissal of the SOPA act in the US.
However, there have been cases when companies have wanted to know who the user was (when sensitive information was distributed) - I can remember a couple of cases when we were contacted by cyber crime officials for information and we had no choice but to comply. So it's best for users to follow rules and only upload material they have created themselves or have permission to distribute.

From India, Gurgaon
Please add pointers to be kept in mind to avoid plagiarism. I use this Plagiarism checker site to check the validity of the content, before sharing. For others what should be kept in mind to avoid it.
This is an effort to support the intent of sharing and value contributions made by our members. We ensure we work according to the guidelines, give credits rightly and not single out on someone who is trying to share.

From India, Mumbai
Dear (Cite Contribution),

I am copying a message that I had posted here sometime ago at <link outdated-removed> .

" Dear Anjana,

I hope you are not joking! Do you know wht that means: it means you are telling lies and commiting a grave mistake in claiming someone's work as your own. It's called plagiarism and the penalty for that when caught is debarring you from the course.

Plagiarism: Definitions, Examples and Penalties

Found at

plagiarism + penalty - Google Search

<link outdated-removed> ( Search On Cite | Search On Google ) found at submitting someone's work as own + penalty - Google Search

I am afraid I can't let you use it that way.

Have a nice day.


As Plagiarism is a long topic, I have given links.

By saying I had posted this message at CiteHR before and copying the message with quotation marks, I have tried to avoid SELF-PLAGIARISM.

Please also see Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing

From United Kingdom
Dear Simhan, Awesome ! Thankyou so much . Modelling a behavior is the best way to set an example and inculcate a learning. I learnt from your post. God bless you !
From India, Mumbai
Dear John,
First of all thanks for bringing it to notice of all the members, thugh there will be few users who will be unaware of it when the post gets older. I am proud to say that i haven't posted any such, i will agree with all the guidelines u gave it to all the users who are reading it, i would like to know is there any possibility of exceptions like plagarism. Once again i would like to thank all the senior members for your valuable suggestions.
Best regards,

From India, Hyderabad

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