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Website content sourcing from other News Websites or Newsletters

We are a Startup and have our company website, of this one page is dedicated to blog section -on this we are thinking of putting content from other websites like Yourstory or Forbes or in general other Websites. Can the article be posted as it is men... Read More

We are a Startup and have our company website, of this one page is dedicated to blog section -on this we are thinking of putting content from other websites like Yourstory or Forbes or in general other Websites. Can the article be posted as it is mentioning in one liner on our website that it is sourced from those websites. Also content from their newsletter or news articles can be put on our blog section as it is. if not what is the best way to put articles on our website as there are 1000s of things happening around our interest area and we can not cover it all inhouse. we will have to depend on articles/info from others. Some good links where it is done would be really helpful. thanks
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  • Answered on 02:22 PM, 28 Sep 18

This depends on what type of work you are writing or putting on your company website, how you are using the borrowed material, and the expectations of your instructor.
First, you have to think about how you want to identify your sources. If your sources are very important to your ideas, you should mention the author and work in a sentence that introduces your citation. If, however, you are only citing the source to make a minor point, you may consider using parenthetical references, footnotes, or endnotes.

Everything Printed or Published is Copyrighted

Everything printed, published, recorded, or “fixed” in a permanent form is copyrighted. That’s the international law and standards, simplified. This applies to words, photographs, graphics, images, audio, and other visual media. This doesn’t mean that you can’t copy and use the content. It does mean you can use it under certain restrictions and guidelines. Here are some tips for dealing with potential copyright protected content when converting from a newsletter to a blog.
Free-to-Use: Free-to-Use typically means that while you are free to use this however you want, it may not mean you can just do whatever you want with the content. There may or may not be conditions on that use such as private and personal use, not commercial, not on sites with ads, not for resale, and must include link credit back to the source. Check the copyright policy or ask to determine what conditions they have on “free-to-use”.
Buy-to-Use: Content, including photographs, can be purchased for use, but what are the conditions of that purchase and use? Does it mean one time only in a specific usage? Or repeated usage in any way, shape, or form for as long as you both shall live? Find out the fine print before you buy so you use it properly, as a purchase agreement can be interpreted as a contract.
Which Usage Permitted? How is the content meant to be used? Is it only for print, within newsletters, or can it be published on the web as well? Some content may have restrictions on how and where you can use it. Just because you got permission to use it in a newsletter does not mean the content has permission to be published on the web.
If You Can’t Use It, Can You Link to It? If you cannot use the full content, you do have other options if you want to still point readers and members to the source. Under Copyright Fair Use guides, you may “quote” from a small portion of the content with a link citing the original source. This is commonly called “block quoting”. Or, you can describe the content and include a link to direct readers to the source.
Copy-cat Plagiarism: On the web, as in real life, copy-cats, copiers, and plagiarist are not welcome. Plagiarists caught after the fact tend to reflect poorly on the entire parent organization, not just on the plagiarist. Don’t risk it.
Yes, it meant that all those cute cartoons, comics, graphics of working women, children, cats, and dogs, all had to be checked to see if they could be used on the web. Tedious, but if they wanted to use them, they had to check. Otherwise, they could not be used on their new blog.

Getting Permission to Publish Content on the Web

For this particular association, the non-original content on their newsletter came from a wide variety of resources. Flyers and brochures found at conferences, conventions, classes, and business training offices, online sources, books of all ages, and from other newsletter sources. Online content can be easy to search for to find their copyright policy. It may say yes. Printed material, however, may involve looking for a policy statement in their copyright notice, or calling or email them for permission. The same applies to schools and training offices which provide educational material. One such pamphlet the newsletter editor typed up and posted in their newsletter came from a training office. “They were handing them out free, so why can’t I publish this?” Just because you picked it up for free doesn’t mean you have the right to publish the material. You have to have permission. If you cannot get permission, then you have these options:
1. Don’t publish it.
2. Use a small quote or reference and give them credit. Do not use the whole thing.
3. Rewrite the whole thing in your words, citing them as your “inspiration” and source of material. Don’t just change the words. Write it as if it was new from the start.

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