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i have asked the author twice via email and no response...dont know if he doesnt check it or what...
anywho... can i post the article on my site if i give full credit to the author and a link to the actual page without consent?
You can summarize and article and link to the original. You can comment on an article and link to the original.
YOU CANNOT COPY AN ARTICLE OR CONTENT AND JUST GIVE OWNERSHIP. It is their copyright, and therefore they are supposed to have control of where and how it is presented.
Hope that helps,
Could you copy, paste Wikipedia content?
IIRC, Wikipedia is different in that they use some kind of creative commons license. You'd have to read the specific wording of their license to see what you can do legally with their content. Unless you can outrank Wikipedia on the right key word ;) , google isn't likely to give you the credit for the original content.
If the newpaper's local, why don't you phone the author? If he's a staff writer, the paper might hold the copyright instead of him - if it's considered work for hire. That might even be one reason he's not responding.
Someone not saying "no" to your request to use their copy isn't the same thing as someone saying "yes". If the content's worth investing a little of your time, try a contact method other than email; people who don't spend their lives on the computer (like a reporter) sometimes see email as something that can be shrugged off. And, believe it or not, some people don't check their email all that often, especially if they're busy with other things.
I also think that it is quite likely that it is the newspaper and not the author who holds the copyright.
Having said that, 2lame2rank is correct in saying that you could take e.g. the first few sentences of the text and then link to the full text.