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copying news from the internet
Is it OK to use news on my web site?

 11:31 am on Mar 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

I want to know if I can copy and paste news from the internet to my web site if it doesn't say " you cannot copy or reproduce ect ect.



 1:01 pm on Mar 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Not a good idea just because of the duplicate content worry. But there are services out there to get content very cheaply. Try using one of those to populate your site.

- Article


 3:42 am on Mar 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

It doesn't need to tell you anything. It's protected by someone no matter what.

Same principle holds true when you walk into a bank. There's no signs saying it's illegal to rob the place. :D


 11:42 am on Mar 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you Article and VegasRook, I'll have to search for a place to get news at very low cost, if that's possible.


 1:54 am on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can report on the news and that's fine.

If you have access to the AP, you can read their news and base an article off of it. Make sure you give the AP their credit. Also, make sure you are doing your own Journalism and not simply ripping off the original Journalist and/or news service.


 2:00 am on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

May I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of the following book: "Law of the Web: A Field Guide to Internet Publishing"
by Jonathan D. Hart

The following services provide news that you can legally put on your website. You will need to pay for the right.

Associated Press (AP)
United Press International (UPI)
All Headline News (AHN)
Yellow Brix

of thsse UPI and All Headline News are the least expensive. AP and Reuters will be the most.

Best of luck to you.


 7:06 pm on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

what about people that use rss feeds to add news to their site? Aren't those exact copies of the original article just being republished on a different site?


 12:16 am on Mar 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

The difference with RSS feeds is that the site providing them gives permission for their use. IIRC, when blogging first started there was some software that was sending out RSS feeds from blogs without the owners' knowledge, but I haven't seen anything about that for some time.

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