The information contained within this Wiki, and Mr. Appleyard's book, was taken from a University of West Florida graduate internship report. The original author was Robert Lewis, and the title was "An Examination of Local History: The Escambia County Sheriff's Office." Mr. Lewis completed his internship in 2004. Said report included biographical sketches of several early sheriff's of Escambia County and each went uncredited in Mr. Appleyard's book. In addition, there were several copyright restrictions contained within the report that included non-transferal beyond personal use. These were expressly stated in the report and were ignored by Mr. Appleyard. Mr. Lewis' internship is currently on file in the Special Collections Department and in the History Department at the University of West Florida. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SRCitizen (talk • contribs) 08:20, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
- Hi there, this is the Pensapedia administrator. Are you Robert Lewis, the author of the report mentioned? You raise some pretty serious allegations, and if there's any copyright infringement inherited on our part, I want to resolve it. If we can verify the use of your report in Mr. Appleyard's research, I will of course add a credit for your work on the relevant Pensapedia articles. Can you specify the "copyright restrictions contained within the report that included non-transferal beyond personal use"? Copyright applies to the text of a work (i.e. specific wording), not the facts contained therein. — admin • talk 11:27, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
- Yes, I am the original author of the document. Yes, I can back up my sources through source citation. The University of West Florida is investigating the use of my work by Mr. Appleyard as it applies to internships. The original source listing Henri Peire as sheriff was the "Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 5." The biographical information was obtained through a series of emails to Bonnie Bess Wood, a historian and director of the Pere Rouquette Library at St. Joseph Seminary in Louisiana. Her information, in turn, was obtained through an unpublished genealogical book written by Philip Green. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SRCitizen (talk • contribs) 19:25, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
- Also, I understand the gravity of my claim. I have been attempting to resolve this situation for over a year to no avail. I put 4 years of hard work into my graduate research and writing. To have it used in such a manner makes me ill. I would be happy to upload pages of my report with source citations to compare with specific pages of Mr. Appleyard's book if that is necessary. I also have biographies for former sheriff's that have not been uploaded or updated. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SRCitizen (talk • contribs) 19:34, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
- I would be happy to give you the appropriate credit on all the relevant pages. Is that your biggest concern, or do you feel certain information should not be reproduced at all? (I'm still not sure what you meant by non-transferable copyright restrictions.) Without knowing the extent of how much Mr. Appleyard used your work (derivative rewriting vs. verbatim copying) I can attest that he often does not provide bibliographies for his research, which can be frustrating, but which I am confident does not stem from malicious intent.
- For the sake of full disclosure, I work for the advertising agency that he founded and his son now runs. Mr. Appleyard still comes into the office most days, and if you'd like I can bring these concerns to his attention (if the university has not already done so). Sorry for the mess, and please let me know how you'd like to address the situation here at Pensapedia. If you'd like to discuss it privately you can send me an email. — admin • talk 20:26, 27 October 2008 (UTC)