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PlagiarismTaking another's words and presenting them as your own without gaining permission or giving credit. Broadly, all Babylon 5 fanfiction plagiarizes J Michael Straczynski. In practice, only the unauthorized quotation of JMSís works constitutes the offense. Unlike copyrighted material, fanfic stories are unprotected. Any fanfic author can use material developed by other authors. It is always wise, however, to obtain permission from originators before using their characters, ideas or quoting their stories. Because B5 is their intellectual property JMS and Warner Brothers can take fan ideas or concepts without compensation, although JMS goes to great lengths to avoid outside influences. See 'Berne Convention', 'Copyrights', 'Fair Use', 'Trademarks', 'Cease and Desist Order'.

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