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    SitePoint Enthusiast pinkyslide's Avatar
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    Quoting small excerpts from other sites hurt you with Google?

    when you quote a small block of text from another site does that hurt you when google crawls your post and it notices that it is duplicate text? How does that work now? I hear google will only penalize you if the whole post is a duplicate of another on a different site??!?!?

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    I want to believe that if you provide a link to where the duplicate content is located you would be fine, but thats is probably not the case. If that was so, site scrappers and dup spammers would just link back to their sources to avoid the duplicate content penalty. If your pulling a few sentances thats fine, put the link anyways to cite your source.

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    SitePoint Enthusiast pinkyslide's Avatar
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    thats an idea BUT.. googles crawl bot.. what has it been updated to do now. Look for the link back or not?

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    This probably comes under the "Fair use doctrine" of US law. You may well find a difference in other jurisdictions. Why not do it right and ask permission? Who know, you might make a friend and even pick up a link.

    I once asked and got permission for a "History" of one region a site covers. The result, permission to use 40+ excellently written pages.

    I decided to add a byline and the author's copyright to each page.

    Is is duplicate content? Sure it is. But my users love it.

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    I truly hate discussions where "fair use" enters the arena. According to the US Copyright Office, fair only applies when copyrighted work is used "for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. "

    Any other use is copyright infringement and if the copyright holder isn't cited, amounts to plagiarism. As I understand it, fair use does not usually apply to commercial use, i.e. websites that are monetized in anyway.

    As old_expat says... if you want to use someone else's work, get their permission first.
    Linda Jenkinson
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    He's No Good To Me Dead silver trophybronze trophy stymiee's Avatar
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    As far as the original question goes: it may hurt you if you don't have much content on the page. The less content you have besides the quoted content the more like duplicate content it will look. If you wrap a bunch of your own content around it you will be just fine.


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