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DO Not Post Full Copyrighted Articles (Fair Use)

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This has come up quite a bit lately, so just a friendly reminder not to post the full content of copyrighted content from other websites.

With some exceptions (public domain works, works by the Federal Government, works released under alternative licenses to copyright, and more), you cannot post entire text articles that you did not author or hold no rights to, source or no source.

But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t quote some portions that are properly attributed. Fair use is an exception to copyright that, among many other things and without getting too legally technical, allows you to quote excerpts of someone else’s work with proper attribution.

What constitutes fair use is not an absolute; different variables can impact exactly what is fair use for a given work so an easy way to figure out if you are ok is by using the following as a guideline:


Do not post copyrighted materials (articles, videos, audio, etc.) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute. For text articles, most of the time you may quote a small portion of the article (usually no more than 1/5 or 1/6) and you must link to the source (if online) or provide the source (if offline). Posting the entire article, even with the source, constitutes copyright infringement.




Generally, press releases are allowed to be reprinted in full because they are meant to be distributed. However, always read the Terms of Service of the source website.



Treat this as a forum rule and continued overstepping of these rules can result in infractions and banning.



Edited by Anthony

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