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Fair Use Call for Huffington Post. When in Doubt, Ask for Permission

I’ve always found the model The Huffington Post was using kind of interesting, but as Duncan Riley, we also presumed that it was done with permission; we now run a small about of content here at Education & Tech on the similar basis, although not always with permission from the authors upfront.

Both Wired and The Inquisitr are running the new. Since we are being printing extracts, lately, we would like to ask our readers, what is their take on this syndication practice long being used by The Huffington Post.

Riley explains that this trick might be considered as Fair Use:

"Running 2-3 paragraphs of a longer post with a link back may constitute fair use, but not adding to the content and running it whole (even if only part of the post) starts to get fishy on the fair use part, when considering that fair use in this context would normally be considered when quoting in the context of unique content."

Desperately waiting for your replies. Thanks.

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  1. Definitely can't take an entire article and post it (even if you link back). That seems pretty taboo to me.

    Even if it's half an article, that's not too bad (I think), since an engaged reader would end up hitting the link to see the full post. Still, that would be pushing it.

    I think 2-3 lines or so is the best, along with a link back, but honestly, it doesn't really bother me if someone takes an entire article as long as it's cited, and there is a statement that says it's an article taken from blah blah blah place.

    Really interesting topic you've brought up Milton!