Copyright question: Can I do this?

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I saw an commentary in the newspaper talking about a sports niche that I am in. Can I use that on my website. I don't see anywhere that states that you cannot use this anywhere else.
If I can't do it that way, how about I say John Roose(commentator) says: and then insert article.
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  • Profile picture of the author RARMediaGroup
    Originally Posted by rhondaklewis View Post

    I saw an commentary in the newspaper talking about a sports niche that I am in. Can I use that on my website. I don't see anywhere that states that you cannot use this anywhere else.
    If I can't do it that way, how about I say John Roose(commentator) says: and then insert article.
    I don't believe you can use newspaper articles to make money. Newspapers have mad amounts of copyrighted snippets all over them. Paying 50 cents doesn't mean you own all the information they give you. Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Originally Posted by rhondaklewis View Post

    Can I use that on my website. I don't see anywhere that states that you cannot use this anywhere else.
    I also don't see a sign out the front of every bank saying you are not allowed to rob it - it's just common sense. You can't just copy content from a newspaper or magazine and use it for your own benefit.

    I am sure if you look hard enough in the front of the paper or maybe at the rear of the paper, there will be a copyright statement. That statement means everything in that paper is protected by copyright and it is illegal for you to copy and/or use any of that content without their permission.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Williams
    You should be able to re-phrase it in some way, it would not be against any copyright statements I think.
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    • Profile picture of the author chilidawg
      At the same time, I certainly do not think there is anything illegal or wrong with quoting portions of an article.

      For example:

      John Hudson at the Daily Globe said:
      "Blah, blah, blah"

      Just don't overdue it by quoting the whole article. But chances are you don't want all of the info anyway. Just a portion of it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        No; you really can't.

        There's a general understanding that you're allowed to quote up to about 50 words directly, attributed, for purposes of "genuine, legitimate review/reference" (this may vary from country to country, and I'm not a lawyer), but it's copyright-protected, like any other form of writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    Why don't you call news paper editor and discuss your concern issue. Usually publishing newspapers story without any permission will cause copyright infringement issue so better way contact them to avoid further complications.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    I don't think it's a good idea... Maybe you should try to rewrite the article, create something along the same lines, put simply copy and paste wouldn't be right.


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  • Profile picture of the author JulianKane
    As has been stated, it is Copyright infringement- you will be sued.
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  • Profile picture of the author chris187
    Like Alexa said you can only quote a certain amount of words form the paper or any other place.

    An easy way around this is just to re-write it using different words or pay someone a few $ to re-write it for you, job done.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    As the others have said, no, you cannot use the entire thing on your website. But why not just say "John Roose recently wrote a commentary saying __" and summarize in a sentence or 2, then provide a link to the article on the newspaper's website, where people can read the article for themselves?

    If I were you, I would also email the reporter and tell him how helpful you found his work and that you linked to it on your own site. If he's interested in a niche that you're in, it might be nice to strike up a rapport with him.
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    • Profile picture of the author TeamGlobal
      Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

      If I were you, I would also email the reporter and tell him how helpful you found his work and that you linked to it on your own site. If he's interested in a niche that you're in, it might be nice to strike up a rapport with him.
      Very nicely put, Nicole.

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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    There is no set number of words you can copy without violating copyright. There are lots of theories about being able to use 150 words or so because of the "Fair Use Doctrine." It is important to know that their is no "Fair Use Doctrine" and no automatic right of fair use. Fair use is a defense you can use in court when you are sued for copyright infringement--not something you want to have happen.

    Some newspapers are getting very aggressive about going after bloggers who take even small parts of their stories.

    Do not copy the story or any part of it on your blog. I love Nicole's suggestion. Paraphrase the gist of the article in a line or two, and link to the story. Letting the reporter know you liked the story and linked to him is a good idea, too. Nicole is right--it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daws0n
    I don't see any harm if you just take a few words out of original story and then link
    back to original source saying ''Click here for full story''

    I have seen a lot of sites doing that, if you are giving credit to the author then its not against the law, also as everybody is pointing out -- there is a limit on the number of words that you can use on your site

    Its better to consult this with the authorities and then proceed further
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  • Profile picture of the author rhondaklewis
    Thanks for the response everyone. I think I will contact the newspaper and see what they have to say. We are a small town so most of our news is from other sources like the associated Press. There is the occasional write in from a reader or two like me. If they say no then I will have to re-write it.
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