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How to legally protect myself while (slightly) using others' work?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by fourpm, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. fourpm

    fourpm Newbie

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    I have a recipe blog, and on each post I'll use the author's photo (with a credit next to it), an original paragraph I'll write, and a link to the author's site to get the recipe. I'll also post the recipe title and photo on my social media sites, with a link to the post on my blog. How can I protect myself legally? With how much work I'm putting into this blog I don't want it to get shut down. I'm also using AdSense and I don't want to jeopardize my account.
     
  2. Omoruyiik

    Omoruyiik Regular Member

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    hey you are doing it already,giving author credit
     
  3. kbklash

    kbklash Senior Member

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    It really depends upon the policies each original writers.
    some writers allow you to share their content as long as you include a credit back to them.others won't.
    Anyhow,duplicate content or trying to rank these articles is going to be a big issue for you.
     
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    Inform the writers that you will using their content and if they are fine with as you will be mentioning the source if they approve go ahead
     
  5. omny7

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    ' How to flip a pancake...

    Step 1:...'

    Listen, put a list of the ingredients in the quotes ( no need for an author: eggs, milk, salt... come on!!) and rewrite the main instructions into a nice original text.

    If you are using some special particular recipe, just credit the author.
     
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    I just rewrite the instructions in my words with the whole recipe later link it to original recipe writer.
    Once I was messaged by a writer saying the article is linked to wrong author and I just linked them many a times these recipe writers wont pull you and since you are curating the recipe adsense wont have any issues too.

    Cheers
     
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    Rewrite it up and put in a source link to the original Author. Consider contacting them and letting them know that you're pulling this shit.
     
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  9. fourpm

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    Why is that? I do have original content on each post, it's just the title and photo that are duplicates.
     
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    Paraphrasing is still plagiarism/copyright infringement, most people don't understand that. If you copy someone's work, even if you rewrite it in your own words - it's still illegal, unless you cite your source.
     
  11. clerity

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    I had the same question as OP. The comments here were helpful
     
  12. towelfox

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    Ask for permission. Cite and link the original to be safe.

    If you don't do both of those then include a clear takedown procedure and don't mess about if someone complains - and don't use any more of their work. You still run a risk though so you have to decide whether youre bothered about it.
     
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    NDA agreements or a legal doc filled with terms and conditions can take care of content ownership, but pics are always trickier
     
  14. kbklash

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    You never said it's your self made content in the OP. Moreover your title is "using others' work",So i assumed the content is others' too.If you are not copy pasting the blog,then there won't be any issue for ranking.As for getting pictures for your blog,you should let the original owner know that ,you are using their picture,BY crediting a link or an attribution (image credit by "owner's name") on your blog post.

    If you need free images for your blog,without thinking about legal issues,use these sites.They offer free stock photos for your blogs.

    http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
    http://www.stockfreeimages.com/
    http://www.turbophoto.com/FreePhotos.html
    http://www.sxc.hu/
    http://www.freepixels.com/
    http://www.morguefile.com/
    http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp
    http://www.photogen.com/

    Hope this helps :)
     
  15. LoftPower

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    I would rewrite it, change a few things up if you can. I know of someone that copied recipes like this, and they got into trouble doing it.
     
  16. blackbeans

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    Based on what you've said, I think you've already got your basis covered.

    If you're not capping your recipe, you're just linking to it.

    Also you said that, you feature an original paragraph that you've written yourself.

    Considering the fact that you're not just re-publishing somebody else's work or even rewriting it, you should be protected well enough.

    Don't worry about it.