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copy text from other site and back link is illegal?

a newbie's question



9:18 pm on Feb 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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if i copy some text from other site,and back link it,is that illegal?


9:45 pm on Feb 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No, it isn't "legal" to just use someone else's content, with or without a link.

Why don't you just ask the site owner if you can use the text?

Of course, they may not actually be the owner of the content as they could have copied it from somewhere, too.

Best solution, just write your own.


10:11 pm on Feb 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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speculator asked: if i copy some text from other site,and back link it,is that illegal?

Almost certainly, the answer is "yes, this would be copyright infringement". (And it's generally viewed as being rude, to boot.)

If you want to provide your users with access to the information, provide a hyperlink. You're certainly welcome to "embellish" this link with a review, a Fair-Use (that is, SHORT) snippet, and/or an endorsement. Unless you've paid a licensing fee or otherwise obtained written permission, you have no rights to "display" or "publish" the author's work.

If, on the other hand, you're just trying to fill up your site with information (that is, if you haven't created content of your own), then you might need to sit down and have a serious re-think about what your aims are: There's hardly much point investing in hosting, development, etc, just to see your site go dark the first time your web-host gets a DMCA notice because of your infringements.

Just my opinions, of course; I could be wrong....



2:14 am on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It depends on what you mean by "some text." If you're putting the first sentence of an article on your site as a teaser, with a link to the other site to "read the rest of the story," that's perfectly okay. If you're posting the entire article, or a big chunk of it, then putting a backlink on as an afterthought, that's copyright infringement. If someone's already read the entire article on your site, the link doesn't make much sense.

As was mentioned, and as seems often overlooked, there's always the possibility of asking for permission to use someone's copy. If you're pretty sure your request would be turned down, that's a good indication that what you're wanting to do isn't okay.


9:05 am on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks,all helpful advice.
If i ask the site owner to obtain article license,but they actually arenot the owner of the content,how to deal it? will i respond for it?


8:48 pm on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Then you hope they will refer you to the copyright holder i.e. the author so you can ask their permission. If you can't find them, the copyright still holds and you cannot copy the whole text as mentioned.


11:20 am on Feb 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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