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How many words per article allowed to copy?
By Copyright Law

 4:19 pm on Oct 11, 2008 (gmt 0)


I was wondering how many words can we copy from an article to publish on our sites, without giving a back link to the original content.




 4:44 pm on Oct 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Copying is copying no matter how you look at it.

I say this because about two or three times a month I have to take action against people who use "some words" from my articles and content. Why not consider writing your own?


 5:50 pm on Oct 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Two. That's your limit.


 7:16 pm on Oct 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Two. That's your limit.

For the avoidance of doubt, the words are "and" and "the".



 1:39 am on Oct 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Associated Press says 5.. That is their arbitrary and illegal definion.

Read up on Fair Use.. It's not the number of words that counts..

Google: "Stanford Copyright & Fair Use" it's; a great starting point.

and let me say that if you are copying news beware the news agencies AP, Reuters, AHN, AFP are all taking a hard line and filing lawsuits on violators.


 8:01 pm on Oct 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Several of my clients use < a third party business > to write original news content for their websites, and are reaping the benefits in terms of increased page views, 'authority site' status and Google SERPS rises.

Best not to get into a semantic argument however about the definition of 'news' per se.
Suffice to say, their news is unique in its linguistic construction, and will pass anty dupe test i.e. Copyscape.

[edited by: tedster at 10:15 pm (utc) on Oct. 12, 2008]
[edit reason] remove specifics [/edit]


 9:56 pm on Oct 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Google: "Stanford Copyright & Fair Use" it's; a great starting point.

Might be great, but by far the best starting point is copyright.gov [copyright.gov].


 4:50 am on Oct 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

As you can see your question has sparked amusement among the membership.

Why? Because the question is based on a false assumption or two. Mainly that 1) you can legally copy another website's article provided that you give a link, and 2) that there there is actually some definitive rule about how much you can copy. Neither of these assumption can be safely made.

Generally speaking, you may "quote" another article in part, as part of yours. But the final decision is up to the original author. If the article is on one of the article sites such as ezinearticle then you may use the whole thing, provided you keep the embedded link back intact. However other sites such as say CIA.gov will have you assassinated if you even mention them. Oops! I guess I'm a dead man.

Then there are PLR articles which are intended to be copied again, and again, and again with no link necessary, provided you purchased the right to do so.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. You will probably get sued or go to jail if you follow my advice.

Good luck.

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