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Reader Q&A: Using Other People’s Work 11 December 2007

Filed under: Get Clients Now,Marketing,Web Copy & Web Content,Writing — worddocdooley @ 11:05am
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Question: "If I come across an article that I’d like to use, is it OK to copy it and post it on my website as long as I give credit to the author?"
– by email

Answer: No, apart from the ethics involved, you could encounter a number of copyright-infringement legalities. You really must get permission from the author or source first. They’ll most likely say yes and give you a resource box to include with the article. Best to be safe than sorry, I say.

That said, there are times when an article will be published with a ‘reprint’ box that describes how to use the article for free, providing the author byline or source and any copyright/reprint notices are left intact. Like with the article above.

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