Can i post this content on my website?

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ok,

can I take news stories that are posted online and use them as content on my website? as long as i give them credit?

for example:

Pot legalization efforts forge ahead in key states - Yahoo! News

could i use this as a post as long as i properly give them credit? like say a link to yahoo?

Could someone with a bit more knowledge elaborate on how this would hurt/help my efforts to gain traffic to my website? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author birddog200
    That is how I do it. If I use someone else's stuff, I always leave full credit and a link to the site it was on.
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  • Profile picture of the author traderbenji
    I think you have to be careful with this to a certain degree. You mitigate any problems by giving credit. But there are certain things you can do that will help with increasing the effectiveness of what you do. Do a search for huffington post (a site that did what you are doing and sold for a fortune) or curation you will find a stack of info. As usual there are some better courses then others.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      You mitigate any problems by giving credit.
      No, you don't. Giving credit does not excuse you from a charge of copyright violation.

      The example given by the OP is on a page with a link at the bottom to a copyright notice. The article is from Reuters - which is a paid service.

      Legal terms for that article can be found at:

      Thomson Reuters | Full Legal Notice | Media

      Curation isn't the same - it's writing about a topic/article (content you write) and then linking to the article source.

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by traderbenji View Post

      You mitigate any problems by giving credit.
      On the contrary, Benji - if anything you make them worse: it's tantamount to an admission that it was a knowing breach of copyright, which can aggravate the damages payable.

      Why do so many people imagine that "giving credit" somehow excuses breaches of copyright?! :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        hopefully i dont have to do this everytime i see an interesting story somewhere ?
        Well....yes....you do.

        Let's go a bit further as you seem inclined to think taking what you want is acceptable online.

        Eventually you'll get a DMCA notice to take down the content. You may find your site taken down if your host also receives a complaint.

        If you are using images you find "interesting" - you could get a bill for several thousand dollars for using that image without permission.

        Before you worry about gaining traffic to your site - you might want to read up on the restrictions involved in copyright (and trademark, too, while you are at it). You can write your own content or hire a writer to do it - you can't just take what you want from other sites and use it on your site without running into problems.

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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Yes, you should ask permission.

          When I'm given permission to use something, not only do I link to the source, but publicly thank the person (including their name) for their permission to use the info in a quick introduction to my piece.

          I'm not saying that is necessary, but I always want to show appreciation and in addition to that, it is building relationships with others which is important as well.

          You really should consider your reputation in all of this as well. Ruin your reputation, then well, good luck to ya!

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  • Profile picture of the author big jeffrey
    riiiight,

    Use of Reuters content







    I sent them an email and asked.

    hopefully i dont have to do this everytime i see an interesting story somewhere ?
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by big jeffrey View Post

      riiiight,

      Use of Reuters content

      I sent them an email and asked.

      hopefully i dont have to do this everytime i see an interesting story somewhere ?
      Actually, yes you do. Most stories from news organizations are copyrighted either by Reuters or another paid news service or by the news organization themselves. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom of the page to find the copyright notices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ord Allenbea
    You would serve yourself better by writing about the subject and then linking to the authority.
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  • Hi,

    Actually, you most likely won't get in trouble with "Yahoo". Yahoo is simply licensing that content (in particular the article you showed).

    If you want to become a 'news' authority site, then you should get a license from Reuter's, Associated Press, etc, etc to avoid any kind of potential difficulties.

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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by big jeffrey View Post

      could i use this as a post as long as i properly give them credit? like say a link to yahoo?
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      On the contrary, Benji - if anything you make them worse: it's tantamount to an admission that it was a knowing breach of copyright, which can aggravate the damages payable.
      There actually was a case I read about (probably more that I didn't read) where the lawyer used that as proof that the defendant knowingly copied the article. It is one of those things that can get you into more trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    If you don't own or have rights to something you have absolutely no business using it. And this nonsense about "it's okay if you give the owner credit" is ridiculous.

    There was a guy in here a couple of months ago who was being sued by a very aggressive attorney on behalf of the owner of a graphic image. The guy thought it was okay to use because he gave credit to the photographer. The problem, as I remember it, was the photographer no longer owned the image because he sold his rights to it to a deep-pockets, high profile company that was now going after the guy who thought it was okay to use. And that lawyer was a freakin’ bulldog. They were seeking $18,000 for copyright violations.

    We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this too so be careful of what you download for "free" and what you post without the rights.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lazy Larry
      Big Jeffrey,
      There is an easy way around all of this, write your own take on this piece. You can reference the Yahoo article for the readers to get more information, just don't copy it.
      Do you think that would be okay Kay?
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny McConnell
      There are many site owners out there who pay good money to have unique content created for them This means they place value on having the only copy of that content available to readers.

      Just ask yourself how they would feel to find that you have "borrowed" that content.

      Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author LoganCoolBike
    People have made a lot of good points here. One to think about is to reverse the positions. Say you have written a few articles, or even an ebook, and you find the content posted on someone else's website. They didn't ask permission, they didn't pay you money, but at least they gave you credit! Now your hard work is driving traffic to their site for free. Sound good to you?

    Here's another way to look at it. Why do you even want to post that article? Because it will drive traffic to your website. That article is therefore something of value to you. Don't expect to get something of value for free. If you're getting something of value, expect to give something of value in return.

    The point has already been made above, but I'll reiterate. Paying for content doesn't have to break the bank, and it's the best way to get quality, unique content to help drive traffic to your site. Check out the link in my signature for some of the services I offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author big jeffrey
    Makes sense logan, thanks for the reply. also think for the reply lhforce.
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  • Profile picture of the author canada94
    Just write something up yourself and stick a link on it.

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