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ferhanz




msg:922536
 7:50 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it legal to get content from different websites and out of that information write it in your own words? as let say if you are talking about any electronic gadget you can't say anything about it yourself you got to have some information of it...so wht should i do ....if it is illegal plz send me links of the websites that provide information on eletronic gadgets thry sticky email

 

Eltiti




msg:922537
 8:48 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it legal to get content from different websites and out of that information write it in your own words?

Yes, that is legal, IMO (disclaimer: I am not a lawyer). Make sure you truly write it down in your own words, though; don't just change a few words here and there, or you may get into trouble!

natto




msg:922538
 11:17 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my opinion, this would be considered "research". You would be collating information, learning about the subject, and then writing about your learnings. As long as you don't copy sections of the work verbatum, or followed the same format and just reordered the sentences you should be fine. But I'm not a lawyer...

zulu_dude




msg:922539
 11:24 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

This was in a recent thread, you might find it useful...

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medowl




msg:922540
 2:48 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

All those term papers you wrote in school should have been done in a way that is appropriate for the web and consistent with copyright issues.

Unless you are an expert on a topic or stating your opinion, have two or three authority sources to back up a fact. I think some of the search engines actually reward footnotes and citations, especially links going out to the sources.

Write in your own words, not the words of the sources. Use your own outline or structure, not that of the sources.

Some publishers 'spike' their content with identifiable innacuracies - a question in Trivial Pursuit that is unique and wrong, a town on a map that doesn't exist, or a jog in the road where the road is straight. This makes it possible to spot copyright thieves (though it can degrade the quality of the original content unless done carefully).

cellularnews




msg:922541
 9:34 am on Aug 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is relevent to an issue we are having.

We had an email accusing us of stealing content from another web site (from a reader of theirs) - and ironically, it was the other way round.

We tend to publish cleaned up press releases and it is these which are reapearing in an edited format on the other site.

We know we are the source, as we often hold back less timely releases for quiet days - and the other site manages to also run their story on eactly the same day.

Now, our source is the original press release, and it is fair enough that they can use us as a "research point" then go to the press release originator for a clean copy to use.

Do you think we would be justified in complaining though that they seem to be just using our edited version as their source, and not crediting us?

We plan to add the odd minor typo to prove that they are editing our text, not using the original press release for their article.

Harry




msg:922542
 1:20 pm on Aug 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Cellularnews, I think it's stupid for the copier to copy your press releases when they can probably get them directly from the source.

Some people really are clueless.

ferhanz




msg:922543
 1:42 pm on Aug 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

can someone guide that from where i can get the press releases abt wireless, Mobile Phones, PDA's etc ...plz send me thelink thru sticky email

cellularnews




msg:922544
 2:13 pm on Aug 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

can someone guide that from where i can get the press releases abt wireless, Mobile Phones, PDA's et

Visit web site of company you are interested in.

Get their press contact details.

Contact person and ask to be added to their mailing list.

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