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I am currently looking for websites who are willing to share their work on specific topic. I am aware about the fair use (US copyright policy) and I respect it (source name and link appear below every content which are not mine).
But many don't even reply to my email (time consuming). So my question, why bothering sending a request?
Isn't better to send an email informing the person that I am using some of their content and that if they do not want me to use their content, they should send a negative reply.
Do you think it is fair... I personnally think it is.
Your approach sounds good: send a polite letter stating that you are making fair use of their work, provide a url to the work, and state that if they have any concerns, to please make them known to you.
I can understand a large percentage not responding back to you. There are a lot of people who put up websites then expect others to help man it plus give them content with no compensation in return. If the other site cannot see a solid benefit for them in helping you then it's hit the old delete key. Once you build a good reputation and become more widely known, people won't be as quick to put you on ignore.
I'd say your idea might be feasible only if your content use was minimal - a line or two from an article, a paragraph or two from a book, etc. Even then, some authors might argue about fair use.
I will tell you that this has resulted in some orphaned pages on my sites that are still waiting for permission or that the author turned out to be copying someone else's content. Then I have to take the time to hunt down the real author which can be time consuming.
My plan is not to copy the entire content but just to link the viewer to the most pertinent site and show a part of this content.
Fair use can be very, very tricky. There are only certain specific circumstances where it applies. Supplementing your site's content with somebody elses might not be one, no matter how much credit you give.
Read over the Copyright Office discussion of fair use at [copyright.gov...] Pay particular attention to the purposes it cites, "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research".
There's a whole big, murky gray area in here. If in doubt, get permission.