**DISCLAIMER: I am in no way, shape or form formally trained in legal matters. I am entirely self taught. The following information is not legally binding. If you need advice or help with the problems covered in this post, or others, your best recourse is to seek legal council with an accredited practitioner**
**NOTE: This is very much a work in progress, I'll update it with the information that I think will be the utilized first, and then fill out the rest across the next couple of days. Pardon the Dust**
Recently I've seen the question asked about the proper way to cite another blogger, and how if it was alright to replicate an entire blog post.
In an attempt to answer these questions you'll end up butting up against copyright. Copyright is an every increasingly complicated subject that is constantly being refined to our ever changing world. Below is the general outline of what I'm going to be covering. While I'd recommend you read all of it (I have spent a lot of time trying to write this up for you guys) I've made the sections easy to jump to, so you can get straight to the point that interests you.
(N.B.: I'm going to be focusing on US law, as that is what I'm familiar with, and as most blog hosting services are located in the US, they are also affected by US law.)
I have relied heavily on Circular 92, which can be found here
, and the information provided by the Creative Commons
1.0) What is Copyright?
4) Additional resources
1) What is Copyright?
First and foremost US Copyright Law is set out in Title 17 of the United States Code. Congress was granted the right to create this code due to Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, which reads:
Article I, Section 8 as quoted in Circular 92 wrote:
The Congress shall have Power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Tımes to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
Now that we've covered where copyright comes from, lets look at how it applies to you, a blogger.