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Monday, 21 November 2016 01:19

Is it OK to use another’s speech on Toastmasters or any other place?

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Make it PersonalIt depends. It depends on whether you are delivering the speech word for word or quoting specific passages from somebody else’s speech.

If you are using someone else’s material claiming it as your own as recently witnessed with Mrs. Trump allegedly using a speech of Mrs. Obama, it could create accusations of plagiarism towards you. At best, it could tarnish your reputation, at worst there could be legal and financial implications.

Using brief quotes from another author/speaker is acceptable as long as you provide reference as to the source of the material.

Derivative works are quite common. You can take somebody else’s material and turn it into something else. But then again, you have to be concerned that you aren’t creating a copyright infringement.

As already been suggested and I agree with it, why not create your own material? If you are going to that much trouble to create a speech, you might as well make it original. Or if you are really determined to use somebody else’s material you could put a spin on it by agreeing or disagreeing with the original content and explaining why you do.

Thanks for your question.

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

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