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1:36 am on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am a webmaster for an up and coming chef. He has several (a few dozen) news articles and online videos published about him. I would like to replicate/archive the news articles on his site. I would give proper credit and link back to the original article. He doesn't run any adwords on his site, the goal is informational purposes and for ensuring the links stay valid etc.

For example tonight going through a little bit of reorganization, I realized a newspaper article that will only come up through the google cache.

Should I replicate the articles or just link to the original?


9:28 am on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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1. Make a copy of the cached article (in case it disappears!).
2. Ask the original publisher if you can reproduce it, or better still, if they can provide a scan of the article (presuming it came out in print form).
3. Provide a link to the publisher out of courtesy.

As for the other news articles, you want to have them on your (the chef's) site. That way you have a permanent record. How you reproduce them is up to you. Ask permission of the publisher before reproducing and reposting.

For the videos, get copies. Or strip them out yourself and then ask permission before using.

For this type of publicity and media exposure it's always better to have your own copy. Think of it like a portfolio or archive that will be built upon. Don't depend on those sites to keep this valuable exposure of your future celebrity chef online eternally. If you/chef don't have copies, then once they're no longer online they're gone forever.

In this instance grab first - for one's own archive - and ask permission later before reusing.


1:34 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Syzygy is 100% right on 'grab first'. Even if you can't use them, you've got a 21st century 'scrapbook' of articles and videos. For personal use it's the smart play.

Also 100% right on the inference to NEVER trust a link or resource that you do not control. You may not have a choice, but serving yourself is the goal.

Don't use any of it without documented permission, and don't count on that. Some outlets recognize that their big story today is obsolete tomorrow, so if you express an interest in keeping it alive, everybody wins.

Other outlets are unbelievably full of themselves and NO is just automatic. Persistence, and getting to the right person, may help. However, outlets that take the position that what is theirs is theirs - even if your interest adds value - just can't be dealt with.

Choosing your language is a factor as well. Some outlets will only want you to link to them (bad for you). Most effective is a bit of 'vagueness'. Get permission to use the content, and try to side-step that you plan to serve it from a server/location that you control. Just get documented permission to use the content, and then proceed.

Don't forget follow-up 'appreciation', a non-existent courtesy these days. Thank you carries a lot of weight these days - people here it so seldom.

3:53 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It is advisable to you for re write the original articles and publish into your website. For handling things further, you can mention the real author name.
7:00 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Its a good idea to link to the original site. You can post similar rewritten articles at Ezine and Go articles where you can get additional exposure. Readers who will publish your article will also publish your link, so that is a great way of link building with original content.

[edited by: bill at 7:39 am (utc) on Nov. 12, 2009]
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