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Just wondering, is it illegal to take content from other websites to put on mine, even if I state clearly where it's from?.

If of course, there is nothing in their TOS saying I can't.

Thank you,.


Comments (6)

All content gains a copyright the moment it is created, whether it's in their TOS or not. So, no. Not unless the material is released as public domain content...

Comment #1

Yes, it's illegal, unless the content has been specifically released into the public domain. If you don't know that it has, then assume it hasn't. You can sometimes quote portions of content with credit as part of an individual work, but if you copy the whole content, or with none of your own, that won't fly.

The best way it just to ask permission (get it in written form), or buy permission if not given freely...

Comment #2

Also, search around, there are a lot of free content/article sites that will let you use the content with maybe just a link back to the site/author... But also, keep in mind that you can be penalized by search engines for not using original content.....

Comment #3

Thanks guys. I went ahead and emailed their webmaster, asking for permission. If that were true, Google would be violating it's own rule by having 100% of it's Google News content duplicated from various other sourcesCorrect me if I'm wrong, but I thought Google only penalized websites who has duplicate content on the same domain nameAnyways, thanks for the reply.

Thank you,.


Comment #4

Yup.. Nope....Sorry Herb but there is room for fair-use when using copyrighted content. To OP...I just suggest you read as much material about fair-use as possible. Don't accept just one source but instead use a variety that way you will have a well-rounded understanding of how it's used.

An example of fair-use would be a screenshot from a video game in order to do a review for it. Another example would be to use a part of Google's TOS in order to explain it better or to compare it against another TOS. There is no clear cut amount you can use to be considered fair-use but certainly using an entire body of work is illegal. Section, portions, quotes, and parts CAN be legal to use in certain circumstances...

Comment #5

No, you're absolutely right. I just didn't think about getting that in depth in my response I just assumed the OP was asking about works in their entirety. Thanks for adding that...

Comment #6

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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