Copyright rules: Using information from other sources on your website
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Remember that copyright law protects:
- Newspaper articles
- Blog posts
- Recorded music
Rules to Live By
- Assume it’s protected by copyright
- Read the terms and conditions in any “Click to Accept” agreements
- When in doubt, seek permission
How to post a copyrighted article
- Just citing the author/creator does not allow use of material
- “Fair use” for informational purposes allows a short excerpt – not all or most
- For articles from copyrighted outlets, quote no more than a couple sentences, then link to the article – or write a short summary of the article, then link to it
Use of Cornell Publications
- Original articles by the Cornell Chronicle, Ezra Magazine and Pawprint are considered “press releases” and are not treated the same as copyrighted material.
- This means you can post them in their entirety with attribution – both the author’s by-line and at the end “This article originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle (link to original article)."
- Note that the Cornell Daily Sun and the Cornell Alumni Magazine are not Cornell University publications and their articles should be treated like any other copyrighted material.
Use of A&S articles
- Original articles posted on the College of Arts & Sciences are also considered “press releases” and are not treated as copyrighted.
- This means you can post them in their entirety. As a courtesy, it is best to include the author’s by-line and the original source.