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Copyright and news articles

September 26th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 7 Comments

Stop! Don’t copy that article to your blog without permission.

I’ve written on this subject a zillion times. Well maybe not a zillion times, but often enough.

However, it is a blogging fact that over time, our older posts can go unread and you have to recycle the topic. Lately I have noticed a widespread disregard for copyright when it comes to blogging.

I realize that some bloggers are unacknowledged to the fact, while others are just ignorant to the fact that they are infringing on copyright.

Do you republish news articles in their entirety on your blog?

As a writer nothing irks me more than seeing someone copy an article, without permission and repost the article to their blog in the articles full entirety.

It doesn’t matter if you copied the article from the news outlet of the Washington Post or a personal blog; if you’re posting full articles to your blog without permission, you are infringing on copyright.

Don’t assume that if you credit the author there is no copyright infringement. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material is not the same as obtaining permission.

If you are posting articles to your blog in their full entirety I recommend that you refrain from doing so and edit the ones you have already posted.

Quoting discussing and linking to the original article can save you a lot of headache. News outlets have been known to send out DMCA take down notices requesting for infringing materials to be removed. Why wait until you get one when you can do the right thing now.

Something I have recently learned: You may not always quote or link to copyrighted content. Depending on the copyrighted statement, the owners of the material may forbid doing so. Always check the website’s Terms of Use before quoting or linking.

This article is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    If the terms of use of a website and copyright law conflict, I’m pretty sure that copyright law prevails. However, “When website owners receive a takedown notice it is in their interest not to challenge it, even if it is not clear if infringement is taking place, because if the potentially infringing content is taken down the website will not be held liable. ” (Wikipedia DMCA article)

    I quote and reverence a lot of online news article on one of my other blogs. I always
    …. link to the original article,
    …. only use a portion of the original article,
    …. use screen shots of the web page instead of copyrighted photos from the page, and
    …. use a wide variety of news sources rather than just a few.

    Many news organizations seem to see a benefit in having links from people copying articles or portions of their articles. I’ve seen quite a few recently include a link to the original when I do a cut and paste, even though there was no link in what i highlighted.

    My familiarity with copyright stems from running into copyright questions several years ago when I was really into genealogy. I even built a website on copyright, Copy Right, Copy Sense.

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  • Margaret
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    So, you can’t link to it either? I don’t copy but I sometimes do link. Oops.

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  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Sep 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    @Margaret: Margaret,

    Linking is a good thing. It’s what makes the internet work. I’ve been linking to all kinds of sites for years and no one has ever complained. In fact, most people and organizations that have websites want all the good links they can get.

    The only time that I have ever heard of anyone having any trouble over links was when they had linked to a website that was already in legal trouble because of copyright infringement and the links were to the pages that were alleged to be infringing upon someone else’s copyright.

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  • Peter McCartney
    Wrote: Sep 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Yes, it’s not only bloggers that get up to this. Just Google a sentence or two from the original author to see how many sites use their story word for word!

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  • Patricia@lavenderuses
    Wrote: Oct 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I missed this post. It isa really important subject. I would love to put up some recipes on my site but haven’t as don’t want to breach copyright. I’ve seen people put them up and just say which cookbook it’s come out of but I figured unless you get permission from the author it was still not allowed. Waiting for a friend to do her recipes for me so then I’ll know I’m okay posting on my blog.
    Patricia Perth Australia

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  • Mike Goad
    Wrote: Oct 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    @Patricia@lavenderuses: While I’m in the US, copyright law is somewhat standardized by international treaty. The only thing that can be copyrighted is original expression. Facts cannot be copyrighted. Ideas and procedures cannot be copyrighted as they are simply discoveries of facts and ways to use facts.

    A recipe is simply a procedure for preparing food. The recipe process is not protected by copyright. The recipe list is simply a list of facts comprising those things that go into whatever the recipe makes.

    What is protected is the original expression the author used in describing the process. If another person writes a different description for the same process, then that is not copyright infringement.

    Again, that’s the way that I understand it for here in the States. In Australia, I think it’s similar. I found a reference that says:

    The rights of a copyright owner in a recipe are limited. The copyright owner cannot prevent people from making the dish, or from writing their own descriptions of how to make it. The copyright owner has the right to control the use
    of the written recipe in particular ways, including:
    • reproduction (for example by photocopying, copying by hand, scanning, copying a digital file, or printing out a
    digital file);
    • communication (by faxing, emailing or broadcasting it, or putting it on a website); and
    • translation into another language.

    The file is from the Australian Copyright Council and is located at http://www.copyright.org.au/g019.pdf

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  • Patricia@lavenderuses
    Wrote: Oct 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks so much Mike for that useful information. I so didn’t want to break the law! Will check out the Aussie link you kindly have provided for me.
    Patricia Perth Australia

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