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Unread 07-06-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Ghostwriting

Someone wants me to ghostwrite something for them. Was wondering: Is it perhaps ossur to put your name on something someone else actually wrote? And where do you draw the line--if you lightly edited it, is it then able to be considered your work, or only if it was heavily edited? Does anyone know of sources on this kind of thing?
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Unread 07-07-2011, 07:31 AM   #2
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I think ghostwriting is a relatively new concept. But then there's the issue of plagiary, rampant amongst mechabrey seforim...
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Unread 07-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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Or, what about writing something with the intention of attributing it to another?
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Unread 07-08-2011, 01:20 AM   #4
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Someone wants me to ghostwrite something for them. Was wondering: Is it perhaps ossur to put your name on something someone else actually wrote? And where do you draw the line--if you lightly edited it, is it then able to be considered your work, or only if it was heavily edited? Does anyone know of sources on this kind of thing?
Whose ideas are they - yours or his?
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What is the issur? Lying?
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What? Is lying asur?
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Unread 07-08-2011, 01:28 PM   #7
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What is the issur? Lying?
I can see an isse of gneivas da'as, perhaps. That is why I asked about whose ideas they are.
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Whose ideas are they - yours or his?
In this case it involves translation.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 03:41 PM   #9
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Didn't the Rebbe say that if saying something said in his name would result in the audience rejecting the message, one should not say where it came from? (Or maybe even to say that those were one's own thoughts? I don't remember.)
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I don't think that's comparable.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 05:22 PM   #11
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In this case it involves translation.
You are translating something he wrote? I don't think that is "ghostwriting". Is all that is missing is saying that you translated it? If you don't mind that, why would it be a problem, since it is his ideas and writings in translation?
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Unread 07-08-2011, 06:54 PM   #12
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No, translating seforim.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #13
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Why would it be a problem?
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