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Is it ok to copy from old printed materials?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lmaestro, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. lmaestro

    lmaestro Power Member

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    like books,magazines etc for content? i know its ok until you get hit with a letter.but any personal experiences?
     
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    Nookie Monster Senior Member

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    I have used that method before. I had a fishing related site that I posted content gleened that way. What I did was get a subscription to a local obscure magazine(s) in this niche and copy the text verbatim.

    Worked out well for me.
     
  3. mcgoohan6

    mcgoohan6 Power Member

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    I don't copy the text verbatim, but I do use magazines a lot.
     
  4. accelerator_dd

    accelerator_dd Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    There was this software you can use to read text from pages. I tested that with a scanner and that software - abby fine reader or something. Was a bit long ago. It is unique content :)
     
  5. gr00vy

    gr00vy Newbie

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    Paraphrasing is the way to go. Taking other people's work verbatim never is. Sure you may never get caught, but that doesn't mean it's legally allowable, if that's what you're asking. Don't forget many publications are now in google books search too, so they are essentially online even if you might not think so.
     
  6. scully

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    Yes, it's perfectly OK to scan old books if the copyright has expired. You will need AbbyFine Reader. As groovy said, check to make sure it's not in Google books.

    You would be surprised at how many books, magazines and newspapers aren't in Google.

    Go for it!
     
  7. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Senior Member

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    There's nothing wrong as long as anyone else with same material has not the same thinking as yours! :)