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Whats the legality of rewiting content in a book the for web?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by dgfalk, May 4, 2011.

  1. dgfalk

    dgfalk Power Member

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    I found a book in my niche that has a TON of great information in my niche that I would like to add to my site. If I take that information, re-write it and add it to my site could I see any legal issues since the book is copyrighted? I dont want to spend a bunch of time re-writing articles only to get a C&D letter or ever worse get sued.
     
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    gnak Registered Member

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    You're not SUPPOSED to do that.

    If you're worried I suggest you email the author
    and get his go-ahead to reprint the information, and
    make it clear who the real author was.
     
  3. MrSmith

    MrSmith Newbie

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    Just resell it to DP idiots. They will then re-write the material and resell it....You suddenly have a spiral of new ebooks with same content but re-written
     
  4. brent360

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    In the case of books, you can't prosecute someone for a copyright violation unless they blatantly copy your material. If I write a paragraph and copyright it, I can't then arbitrarily go after everyone who has a similar paragraph with similar content--that would be ridiculous. In the case of books, the content pretty much has to be copied verbatim to get a real case going.
     
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    ibira Registered Member

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    I wouldn't post it word-by-word... Unless if it's a very specific kind of knowledge (like a unique theory or a thesis from someone) you're pretty much on the clear. Change some of the words and no one can say a thing.
    Source: My sister is an intelectual property laywer
     
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    There's no problem as long as you rewrite it. It's called "research."
     
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    "Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research." - Wilson Mizner
     
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    How much content are you talking about? A couple paragraphs? A couple pages? A couple chapters? How similar would it be? If you're just spinning words for synonyms, then I'd worry, if you're entirely re-writing it you should be safer, keep the same content, write it in your own words.
     
  9. dgfalk

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    So after doing some more research, I noticed a competitor has the exact same book I do and has copied and pasted EVERY single article from the book. How is he getting away with that? I obviously now need to really rewrite the content to avoid a dup content penalty.

    Another question is this site is ranking damn good on almost every keyword. Theres a big list of keywords, id say close to 250 with small amount of searches per month, anywhere from 100-2000. Which added up is quite a bit of traffic. He is number #1 for 90% of those keywords with out a single backlink to and of those inner pages, and only 1,500 backlinks to the main domain.

    It would be pretty easy to rank number #1 with just a few backlinks? Also all of his onsite seo for each keyword is pretty shitty and is missing some majoy key elements in onsite seo. Just wondering if this is a project worth tackling now.