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is it legal to repost articles from CNET and stuff on your blog as long as u give credit?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mollah, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    i am making a very niche blog and it's hard to find relevant articles but i found one on CNET that is awesome. Can I post it as long as I give a credit link to the original source at the bottom or something? I don't wanna get sued or something.
     
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    use an rss link if you can.
     
  3. rawasch

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    Simply put.... no, you can't. Even with attribution it's still content theft. You'd need a permission to be on the safe side or hope they don't catch you.
     
  4. mollah

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    Sorry for the dumb question but how is doing that any different from copying someone else's posts with wp-o-matic then?

    In one case you're taking someone else's content, and in the other case you're taking someone else's content.
     
  5. rawasch

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    Yes, that's why both are actually illegal (assuming wp-o-matic scrapes the whole post)

    If wp-o-matic only scrapes an excerpt (+attribution) thats usually ok because a) it's in the authors interest and b) there are fair use rights (which inclueds quotations and stuff like that).

    But what we BHlers usually can count on either way: You will rarely be sued right away but instead they'll ask you to simply take down the content first.
     
  6. WickednDivine

    WickednDivine Executive VIP Premium Member

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    if you get the content through RSS, it's syndicated which i believe is legal (hence why RSS exists in the first place). Don't quote me on that though.
     
  7. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    I have wp-o-matic.

    Sometimes it scrapes the entire post.

    Sometimes it scrapes just the title.

    I haven't changed any settings or anything anywhere. Anyone know how to control what information it returns?