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Using a book as content? Legal?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Patel, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Patel

    Patel Senior Member

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    I had this idea. I have this eBook on a certain topic. It is more of an encyclopedia on a specific niche. And is a goldmine if the pages were to be used as a website.

    Now this ebook is published, and it is about health.

    Could I get in trouble for copying and pasting the contents online into a website? Would it be better if I typed it myself with a little different wording?

    Any tips to go about this?

    Edit: The book was published in 1998, there is the publishers website in the encyclopedia but it redirects to some spammy page as well. I dont think the publisher even exists anymore..
     
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  2. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    Let me get this straight, you are asking if you can use someones legally published content, commit copyright infringement and build your website off it? Where did you even get the slightest idea that such a thing could ever be legal?
     
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  3. Crewchief007

    Crewchief007 Power Member

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    First, you need to understand that Copyright rights extend to 70 years after the holder's death. That said, you can rewrite the author's thoughts in your own words much like every newspaper editor does and also like most BHatters do, LOL.
     
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  4. Patel

    Patel Senior Member

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    Well NSS, it wont be legal, but I am weighing my odds.

    And also my second question was "Would it be better if I typed it myself with a little different wording?"

    It was published in 1998, publisher doesnt even exist anymore, and im damn sure the author who wrote this book would not mind if this information was shared with the world. It is a book about healing/holistic medicine


    Thanks
     
  5. genesis311

    genesis311 Junior Member

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    No its probly not legal unless copyright has expired and it sounds like that's not the case.
    However this is black hat world so do whatever you wish. If u do use the content be prepaired to remove it if someone contacts you about copyright infringement.

    I often rip book articles for my web2.0s but I don't host the content myself.
    hope that helps
     
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  6. mukulkumarsharma

    mukulkumarsharma Newbie

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    I suggest you should play safe and get the data rewritten. Won't take you long but will eliminate the risk factor. If ever the original publisher come up he will have nothing to charge you with... :)
     
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  7. Patel

    Patel Senior Member

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    Thats a great idea..
     
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  8. zebrahat

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    Ebooks and physical books are the easiest to 'lift' content from, as it's not likely to be indexed by Google. You can do a light rewrite, only using the key sentences in each paragraph to do a new book or set of articles, and probably not get into trouble. So at least do the quick rewrite or skim the cream of the original. If you reuse whole pages of content with no changes, it's much higher risk of getting a copyright complaint.
     
  9. Madruga

    Madruga Senior Member

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    One of my projects :) Giving ebooks to teen student girls at the Foreign Languages University to rewrite them a bit, paying extremely low per page and making websites with huge and excellent content. Actually that's what I'm planning to do :)
     
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    Wow, you really misunderstand the spirit of "black hat."

    /facepalm

    Anyway, why not try to contact the original author? Rewriting the entire thing would take forever. But all it could take is contacting the author and explaining that you'd like to use "publish his work online on a blog you own." If he says no, rewrite.