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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Jakerxxx, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Jakerxxx

    Jakerxxx Junior Member

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    I'm using a pretty large companies articles on my website and sticking a copyright statement underneath such as "Copyright 2010 by -Company name'.

    Does this mean I'm alright or am I still subject to copyright infringement?
     
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    themliteguy Registered Member

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    If you don't have permission to use the article that's still copyright infringement.
     
  3. Jakerxxx

    Jakerxxx Junior Member

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    I thought it would fall under fair use, but after reading sections 107-118 of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) it states "Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission."

    But it also states "There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission." Which makes it difficult to determine the distinction between fair use and copyright infringement.

    I think my safest route is to summarize the articles and use quotes, as the copyright law says this will usually fall in favor of fair use if accused of copyright infringement.
     
  4. bartemt

    bartemt Registered Member

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    Research the content and write it in your own words or hire someone to do it.
     
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    bz Hammerzeit Staff Member Premium Member

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    Fair Use doesn't apply to this situation as you don't have permission to redistribute or duplicate it.

    Worst case, you get a C&D, best case is they never notice.
     
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    Usually a link at the bottom of the article linking back to the article's original publisher is considered proper ettiquette
    and lets others know you're not the original publisher. If you do this most companies will tend to leave you alone
    because you are, in fact, helping to drive traffic to their site. Unless ofcourse you're stepping on their toes in some
    other manner, then they may try to harass you over the articles..
     
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    emilio83 Newbie

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    Fair practice is to link back to owner, and even better to ask for permission (safer way).

    From what I know all that is grey (yes grey, but not grey hat); so there are few precedents and it all depends who the owner is. If owner is a big company trying to make some dough, they will sue you for small infringement.
     
  8. Jakerxxx

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    UPDATE: I contacted the copyright owner's last night via email requesting permission to use their articles that relate to my niche on my site. I stated I would use the proper footer below each article stating the copyright owner and a link to the original article. I'm looking forward to a response back.

    I also looked on their site, and they do let you post articles on your website/blog but only as an iframe. Also there are two options, paid and unpaid. The unpaid will have ads, and the paid will have no ads. The problem with this is you must manually insert the iframe for each article you want to use. Also, adsense is how I monetize my site, so their ads would not be good.

    So I am hoping I get a response back from the copyright owner but something tells me there will be no response.

    The traffic for this site will come directly from twitter. I have 30k followers but have not tried to direct them to my site yet. Just some useful tweets for them. It is imperative I get useful content on my site, any ideas?
     
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    find a better site to swipe content from, and summarize / quote it, with link to the original article... just like infowars does with their articles.
     
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    summertime1 Junior Member

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    Rewrite them ... :D