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Press Releases & Copyright Issue

Am I violating copyright laws?

     
9:27 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Assume that Microsoft issues a press release. If I copy/paste the press release into my website, would it violate the copyright laws?

Now, let us assume that an IT Journal has included the Microsoft press release on its website. If I copy/paste the IT Journal article onto my website, would it violate the copyright laws?

Would including "Article from IT Journal" with a link to the IT Journal's website suffice? (I'm acknowledging that the article is taken from IT Journal's website).

I know I can always link to the news article, but I do not want my visitors to leave my website.

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If it is the press release itself, and you've got all the source information from the press release and you leave it all in context, you're fine - that's what a press release is for.

If you write your own article and use quotes from the press release and cite the release in your article, you're fine - that's what it's for.

If you take JoeBob's re-written article and paste it, you can be in trouble. You can quote and credit sections of the article, but not reprint the whole thing without permission.

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11:06 am on Sept 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>Now, let us assume that an IT Journal has included the Microsoft press release on its website. If I copy/paste the IT Journal article onto my website, would it violate the copyright laws?

If you know that it is a press release then why don't you just copy it from the press release? It isn't worth taking the chance that the IT journal has modified it, or that it is their own article. Just stick to press releases that you know are press releases...

6:58 pm on Sept 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know.

EditG -> I do not know the source of IT Journal's article. Assume that I just saw an interesting article and decided to flick it. :)

One more question -> If I get a permission for reprinting news articles from a Journal X, will the permission hold good for ALL the news articles or just ONE? Do I have to contact them everytime I want to reprint an article?

Note that I'm just interested in "news articles" - like "Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 10" and not subjective articles like, say, software reviews. Another example would be the news article on Google ban in China as reported by BBC.

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If I get a permission for reprinting news articles from a Journal X, will the permission hold good for ALL the news articles or just ONE? Do I have to contact them everytime I want to reprint an article?

That depends on whether you asked for permission to reprint one article, or to reprint all their articles. ;) In the past, I have asked people for permission to reprint one article, and they responded by saying, "You can use any of my stuff any time as long as you credit it back to me with a link," which was nice.

But, don't assume you have permission to reprint anything and everything, unless you specifically asked for it, or they specifically said it.