The specific case I am referring to is here: https://github.com/dharmatech/Symbolism#examples. I am considering following suit and quote textbook questions which act as test cases in my own open source project related to symbolic algebra with the MIT license, however I am reconsidering this once my professor denied sharing textbook questions instead of using page and question number references due to copyright concerns.

Which is right? Can I quote textbook questions verbatim?


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Not without permission

Questions in textbooks, exam papers etc. have the same copyright protection as any other literary work.

  • So is the link I provided a fair use or an infringement? Since I don't see any information on permission, is it safe to ssume that is is an infringement? Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 11:55
  • @Happypig375 I can’t see any textbook questions there but having permission doesn’t require you to tell people you have it (unless that’s part of the permission)
    – Dale M
    Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 21:04
  • Here: github.com/dharmatech/Symbolism/tree/master/Tests%2FTests.cs and scroll to the lower part of the file. But yeah I understand your response on not having to tell people about having the permissions. Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 4:47
  • @Happypig375 I feel your question at this point is too specific to your circumstance. Why not consult a lawyer? It may be a fair use, like you have suggested.
    – xuhdev
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 7:46

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