Is it allowed to copy product description from other website

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I am new here - do not know where to ask this question. That is why I came here.

There is a website which has thousands of different products. I copied first 4-5 sentences from some of its product description. Then I used them in my own product description. Is it legally allowed to copy few sentences under fair use (wikipedia) .

I know it is bad for SEO, but that is not an issue for me. I just want to know can that website sue me
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    They can sue you, it doesn't mean they would win, but they might. I'm not a lawyer, but lifting part of their product description for your own purposes doesn't sound like fair use to me. Sounds more like copyright infringement to me.


    Originally Posted by woopshop View Post

    I know i am in wrong forum. Can anybody tell me under which forum should I ask this question ?

    To be honest, you shouldn't even be asking legal questions on a marketing forum. You need legal advise, and few marketers are qualified to give that to you -- myself included.
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    • Profile picture of the author woopshop
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      They can sue you, it doesn't mean they would win, but they might. I'm not a lawyer, but lifting part of their product description for your own purposes doesn't sound like fair use to me. Sounds more like copyright infringement to me.
      let me show you what I copied from what:
      Original
      Extremely comfortable and genuine all-rounder: The cool Sneakers from New Yeareve inspire the trendy contrast design. The model is the epitome of ease, functionality and style. The sneakers allow comfortable with flex grooves in the sole optimal mobility. In addition, a unique comfort and premium cushioning properties. The sporty shoes make both playing sports with sweat pants and shirt as well as in the City with jeans and plaid shirt looks good. With Sneakers ┬╗New Year's Eve II" Kappa one is stylish and super sporty on the go!

      My copy
      Extremely comfortable and genuine all-rounder. The cool sneakers inspire the trendy contrast design. The permit with comfortable flex grooves in the sole optimal mobility. The sporty shoes make both playing sports with sweat pants and shirt as well as in the City with jeans and plaid shirt looks good.

      The original text is in german. man, google is horrible at translation.
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        This is how it shows in google search
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Like I said, I'm not a lawyer. If you want my lay opinion, you could be sued for copyright infringement for using that. Whether you would be or not is debatable.

    Here's what I don't get . . . you've spent more time posting here about it than it would have taken to simply write your own description. Why not do your own write-up and have a clear conscience and not have to worry about being sued?
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    If you are selling the same product, FAIR USE DOES NOT APPLY! FAIR USE is for education, parodies, examples, and competition(selling a different product). IANAL, but I think the legal discussions of this seem clear. ALSO, fair use has a limit as to how much is copied.

    And YEAH, you COULD be sued. You really don't have to know German to know it says the same thing, and many Germans speak English. ALSO, they MAY have an English translation or site.

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    • Profile picture of the author woopshop
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post


      And YEAH, you COULD be sued. You really don't have to know German to know it says the same thing, and many Germans speak English. ALSO, they MAY have an English translation or site.

      Steve
      OMG... i am damned !!. I have more 400 article that have these lines in them. These article are also on other platforms. How in the world can I change the description. It will take ages
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      • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
        Besides the obvious...

        Originally Posted by woopshop View Post

        OMG... i am damned !!. I have more 400 article that have these lines in them. These article are also on other platforms. How in the world can I change the description. It will take ages
        It seems you should have asked the question earlier (i.e. before your cock-up became so massive).

        I do not rely on search engines.
        That's OK. As witnessed by the Google screenshots you posted earlier, they will still advertise your blunder for you. If only 1 of the 400 product owners happens to stumble across their/your Google listing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil Wilkinson
    Here's an idea:

    Buy a Thesaurus and say the same thing with different words.

    Example:
    "Extremely comfortable, and genuine all-rounder....."

    could become:

    "Highly pleasurable and comforting to wear, for any and all purposes"

    It kind of sounds like you just want to save some time by snatching other peoples' descriptions. If you're worried about being sued, or simply don't want to be a plagiarist, take a bit of time and write your own stuff. A thesaurus will help, and you would basically do what spinner software does.
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentPro22
    Do you have a Copyscape Premium account? I suggest you get one for this exact reason. Simply take some adjectives in each word and change them to different ones, then paste the whole description into Copyscape. It will show you whether or not the content has been plagiarized, as well as by what percentage.

    To answer your question, I wouldn't blatantly use their descriptions. If they find out, you could get into a lot of trouble. Plus, I wouldn't imagine this being great for the SEO of your site. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdenamul18
    Why you are going to copy others content? You can read there content, then you can write yourself. So there may some variety. No plagiarism, please. The Plagiarism is not allow to anywhere. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    My standard is simple:

    If I don't want the thing I'm about to do to be done to ME, then I don't do it.

    I stress less. I am happy.
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  • Originally Posted by woopshop View Post

    Is it legally allowed to copy...

    Hmm... woopshop, that's an interesting name. I checked out your website and your logo.

    I was just thinking about a new logo for my new venture "Poopshop".

    What do you think?












    But seriously....



    These type of questions that are asked here on this forum such as: "is it legal to x y z..."
    Or "will I be sued if I do this or that..."

    can sometimes be translated as "what do YOU think a site owner will do to me when he finds out that I took his x y z..."

    And this here is yet another case that no one can really predict.

    Some site owners may be more lenient than others about you having a few similar words on your site, but I'm not so sure what even the most lenient ones would do when they find out that you have 400 "articles/descriptions" on your pages that look strikingly similar to theirs.

    The question you have to ask yourself though, is how do you feel about the fact that your daily "Things To Do" list looks something like this:

    1. Find website to copy stuff from.
    2. Copy stuff from website to my own.
    3. Ask in warrior forum if this is legal.


    Kinda backwards ain't it?


    Either way, whether what you are doing is legal or not, in most cases doesn't matter if a business decides to sue you anyway. (As Dennis and others have pointed out above).

    I can only tell you that I would not be happy if you pulled that stuff from my sites,
    and I would probably arrange for you to receive some type of notice to let you know of this fact.
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    • Profile picture of the author woopshop
      Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

      Hmm... woopshop, that's an interesting name. I checked out your website and your logo.

      I was just thinking about a new logo for my new venture "Poopshop".

      What do you think?












      But seriously....



      These type of questions that are asked here on this forum such as: "is it legal to x y z..."
      Or "will I be sued if I do this or that..."

      can sometimes be translated as "what do YOU think a site owner will do to me when he finds out that I took his x y z..."

      And this here is yet another case that no one can really predict.

      Some site owners may be more lenient than others about you having a few similar words on your site, but I'm not so sure what even the most lenient ones would do when they find out that you have 400 "articles/descriptions" on your pages that look strikingly similar to theirs.

      The question you have to ask yourself though, is how do you feel about the fact that your daily "Things To Do" list looks something like this:

      1. Find website to copy stuff from.
      2. Copy stuff from website to my own.
      3. Ask in warrior forum if this is legal.


      Kinda backwards ain't it?


      Either way, whether what you are doing is legal or not, in most cases doesn't matter if a business decides to sue you anyway. (As Dennis and others have pointed out above).

      I can only tell you that I would not be happy if you pulled that stuff from my sites,
      and I would probably arrange for you to receive some type of notice to let you know of this fact.
      WOW ! That was - i don't know, what to say - you sure are not true Canadian (gentle and sweet). And what was with POOPSHOP ? com'on ! don't you think I thought of that while choosing the domain name. And pOOp logo ?? -

      Now to the point: I know copying is illegal and unethical but I seriously thought three four lines won't matter. Anyways I am going to a lawyer within few days. Whatever he says I will post that here. I will not use that text again but ... I have already used it in more than 400 products out of 12000 products. Editing them is hell lot of work.

      I am a newbie to this online world, so bare with me and my stupid "pOOp-like" questions. It takes time to learn new things.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Woopshop,

        Just be aware that there are some product manufacturers that are happy to give you accurate product descriptions that you can post word for word. They are happy to give you permission to promote their products.

        Yes, writing copy for 12,000 products is a daunting experience. I'm guessing you'll burn out and quit before you get 1,000 done.

        4 or 5 great products with outstanding marketing will most likely make you more money than 12,000 products, most of which no one will ever see.

        Often in direct response marketing, the fewer choices a prospect has the better.

        Do you really want to compete with Amazon?

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        • Profile picture of the author woopshop
          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post


          4 or 5 great products with outstanding marketing will most likely make you more money than 12,000 products, most of which no one will ever see.

          Often in direct response marketing, the fewer choices a prospect has the better.

          Do you really want to compete with Amazon?

          Steve
          I do not rely on search engines. I have more than 800 registered solid costumers and I end up earning about $6000 - $8000 monthly. As my niche of very narrow spectrum so marketing is not easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author mirko76
    May you could consider using textbroker(.de). You can bulk upload text orders there. Just give a link to the original in the job description and let the authors describe it in their own words.
    With 50 words per article ,~2ct. per word and 400 descriptions you are at around 400€. Should be cheaper than the lawyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlstech
    Use your own words, they're just as good as any other persons words!
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  • Just messing with you....

    And yes I'm in Canada, but grew up next door to you in Holland. I do speak/read German as well.

    On the topic of your thread, ironically it was only last week that I came across yet another
    marketer who decided to create (copy) and sell a very similar product to one that we have been selling for years.

    But instead of spending the time coming up with something unique for their sales presentation,
    they decided to simply use our sales page text as a template for their page.
    They copied entire paragraphs word for word, and made very minimal changes.

    Naturally we made sure that their legal contact will be viewing a screenshot of their product presentation compared to ours. And I trust they will then decide to do the right thing.

    Little cases like ours and yours, usually do not end up in some historic legal court battle,
    they usually just end up in a website having to rewrite, redesign, and sometimes going offline.
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  • Profile picture of the author smixo2
    Possible but it is best to make you a personal content to be exclusive and in solo and topping the best mattresses...
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    Use a tool that spins the writing for you so it looks 80%+ original!
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