I've got an unusual problem.
I edit a site that deals in senior healthcare issues. There is a non-profit think tank in our field who has developed wonderful, valuable content on these issues over the last five years. We have frequently linked out on our pages to their content, recommending it to our audiences as probably the best source for extra information.
We have never lifted or rewritten their content.
It now comes to us that this resource is shutting down for lack of funding. The situation appears to be beyond reversal.
Their contribution to the body of work in our field will be missed. I would sorely wish to take their papers and republish them so they stayed available to the public, but I see no way ethically or legally of doing that. (Actually it wouldn't have to me; if someone else did that it would still serve the purpose. But they would face the same problem I am seeing.)
Any ideas, thoughts? The content is mostly academic, with attributes to authorship. BTW, there is no apparent copyright on the articles.
I am not looking to bend the ethics rules.