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Where does our online content come from?

posted Nov 8, 2010, 4:11 PM by david dickensheets
One way to drive traffic and interaction to a site is to continuously put content on the site that people will be interested in.

Most reputable sites are pretty good at developing their own content to keep their readers interested, but this is the internet after all.  I think it goes without saying that the web is full of "sharing."  Sites post pictures, articles, videos, music files, you name it, some with consent of the owner and some without.

I think this raises an interesting issue to consider when adding content to a website, blog or even a social media page. 
  • Is the internet free domain, meaning once something has been posted publicly we are allowed to use it?
  • Is it OK to use someone's content as long as we give them credit?
  • Where do you draw the line between stealing content and "sharing" it?
For an example of how this can end badly for your company, check out this link