Question about Magazine Article & Reposting to Website,
- November 28, 2005 @ 12:26pmFST2005 says:Hello,
I'm not sure where to ask this question. So if I'm in the wrong place please let me know what site might be of help.
I would like to know if there will be a problem for me if I copy content from a magazine and add it to my website. Meaning, if the magazine has an article on a product or tip and I copy the content of that article onto my website, would this be a problem?
Also If this is wrong, would putting the author's name or writing the magazine it came from, make it ok?
I understand for the most part, you need to get the approval from whom ever made it, but would the above idea's make it ok or is there another way?
Thanks so much for your time,
- November 28, 2005 @ 4:12pmCOvalle says:There is a problem.
Some individual or corporation owns the copyright to that material. If you post the whole article online, freely available on the World Wide Web, that act likely infringes copyright, and I can't think of an exemption that would cover it. Putting the author's name on the reposting does not make it ok. The copyright holder would still need to authorize whole copying of the article.
You can try to summarize the information without copying, or you can use small quotes from the article to try to make a fair use. Also, if there is additional information- you're posting it for a class, and only the class can access it, for example- you might have other exemptions that cover your use. But simply posting someone on the web is very probably infringing.
- November 30, 2005 @ 10:22pmFST2005 says:Hello,
Thanks for responding. You mentioned that all in all it would be a bad thing to post the whole article. But what if I just post a small bit of it. You also mentioned about 'fair use'. What do you mean by this?
Thanks for the help,
- December 4, 2005 @ 8:20amFST2005 says::cry: I could really use some help here. What I dont understand is how can a newspaper or news channel, speak/write about topics that they didn write, and they still give credit to the author or point to a website to read the full story and they are allowed.
Why cant I do the same thing. If I read somthing interesting and then want to write a small bit about that with a link or etc pointing to the full story, wouldnt this make it ok?
I'm not trying to pass off some story or info as mine and take credit for it, so why or how can I make it ok to do?
- December 4, 2005 @ 9:17amMKardick says:Lisa,
I'm not sure how to answer the first part about the newspapers and news channels but here is what I think about the second part. If you are including a short summary of what the article is about and either linking to it if you have permission or list the citation, that would be a better way to do it.
Since I don't know the purpose or accessibility of your website there may be other issues. Please remember this forum is for learning not for legal advice.
- December 4, 2005 @ 11:42amAFry says:
You also mentioned about 'fair use'. What do you mean by this?Fair use is a legal term that allows you to copy information without the copyright holder's permission. You don't need to worry about fair use if you are quoting a small part of the article or summarizing. You only need to worry about fair use if you insist on copying and pasting the entire article into your site, which I wouldn't do. Because you asked, I'm going to go into a little more detail about fair use. In order to claim fair use, you need to consider the four factors: 1. Character of use (educational, commercial, etc.) 2. Nature of work (creative, factual) 3. Amount used 4. Effect on market value. I think you could make a fair use argument in your favor, but I would forget about fair use and instead summarize, using quotes if you wish, and link to the original article.
What I dont understand is how can a newspaper or news channel, speak/write about topics that they didn't write, and they still give credit to the author or point to a website to read the full story and they are allowedYou appear to be confusing posting with linking. Linking, connecting to an article on another site, is okay for everyone. Posting, copying and pasting the entire article, is problematic for you but not for newspapers and news channels. If you search for a topic in the news, you will find essentially the same article many times on newspaper and news channel sites. These articles are usually written by the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI) or Reuters. Sites that post these articles are paying the organizations for the service. Also, if you watch TV news, you might see footage from one station being broadcase on another, especially for professional sports. These stations either pay for the right or have some other kind of cooperative agreement.
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