I am building a news website and was wondering what legal boundaries are there for sharing news articles from other organizations? What do I have to do to legally share a news article on my website?
3 Answers from Attorneys
You have to be extremely careful about copyright violations. While it is generally safe to provide links to the sites of other organizations, and while the facts in the news stories are not subject to copyright, you may not wholesale copy articles. It will make sense for you to investigate the "fair use" doctrine, so that you know what you can do and not do, in terms of copyright.
If you actually want to post an article on your website, you will need the permission of the copyright holder. However, even without their permission, you can write a brief description of the article and provide a link to the page where the full article appears.
Usually news articles are shared with affiliates that have a contract.
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