Blogging and using other people's content, linking to news sites, rss, etc. What are the rules?

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I want facts not opinions. What are the rules when you are syndicating content on your blog? Obviously RSS exists for this very reason. I see blogs link to news sites all the time. Sometimes word for word. They do link back to the source and give credit to the author. Most definitely celebrity and gossip type sites do this. Most people like to put it their opinions on this issue, copyrights, etc. But I need the facts. What are the "facts"?
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    Well, in most cases "copying" content from sources without their permission is against the "rules"....so to speak.

    But syndication happens regardless of these "rules".
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      The problem with stating "these are the facts" is there is no solid answer. You would need to look at each site to see if it allows syndication, if it has copyright protection, etc.

      Then you run into the problem of international laws and regulations. What might be illegal in the USA, could be acceptable in another country.

      If someone is doing this to you, and you want it stopped, then you should probably contact an attorney.
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    • Profile picture of the author thebarksmeow
      Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

      Well, in most cases "copying" content from sources without their permission is against the "rules"....so to speak.

      But syndication happens regardless of these "rules".
      See, I'm confused. I thought the purpose of RSS was for other people to syndicate your work. Therefore they are already giving people permission to use their content upfront (with their rights of course). Is that not correct?
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      • Originally Posted by thebarksmeow View Post

        See, I'm confused. I thought the purpose of RSS was for other people to syndicate your work. Therefore they are already giving people permission to use their content upfront (with their rights of course). Is that not correct?
        No, that's not entirely correct. RSS serves other purposes. People subscribe to RSS feeds in their readers. Search engines love RSS.

        You can use feeds all you want for <i>non-commercial</i> purposes, and if you're pulling someone else's feed, you had better pull it un-adulterated, i.e., with links back to their site. If you're pulling feeds to an AdSense site and don't have any original content, don't be surprised when you lose your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author theunknownthem
    Even if it is copyrighted what is that going to do if you site your source and give credit where credit is due? I remember writing papers that it's plagerism if you claim it as your own work, but as long as you quote it and cite source then it's acceptable.

    Then you get down to how much do you have to reword or rewrite in your own style...

    I was sent to this link Plagiarism.org by Tim Franklin in a discussion on using PLR material and the "rights" that come with those.
    http://www.warriorforum.com/blogs/ti...fford-pay.html

    I'm posting the blog address as I think it has to do with the OP's question or at least in the same vein.
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