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Old 11-29-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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Can I Put this Content in My E-Book with no Legal Ramifications?

On my blog, I have a long series of posts that give instruction on how to accomplish some things in my niche. The information originally came from someone else's website; however, in my posts, I expand on the information, pretty extensively.

In each and every post, I give the original person credit as being the source of the information, and I even provide hyperlinks to their pages.

I'm in the middle of putting together an ebook that I want to market to people in my niche, and I would like to include summaries of many of the posts (from my website) in my ebook, because this information would add a ton of value to it.

I figured that if I listed their name in the ebook, I would have to pay them royalties, or something.

On the other hand, though, I figured that if I just provided hyperlinks to the blog posts located at my site inside the ebook, I'd probably be fine. Is that assumption correct? I must mention, that is not my preferred choice.

Hopefully, I didn't confuse you :-) Am I ok putting summaries of my posts in the ebook, even though my blog posts show that I'm not the originator of bulk of the content?
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:22 PM   #2
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I'm no copyright attorney, but if somebody prints something on a web page, it's legally copyrighted when he uploads it. Even without this © symbol.

If you take an idea and expand on it you have not violated somebody else's copyright.

In my first ebook I cited a web page AFTER I got the owners permission to include it in my book.

You might want to buy an hour of legal advise from a copyright attorney.

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Old 11-30-2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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Little confused, but thanks!

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I'm no copyright attorney, but if somebody prints something on a web page, it's legally copyrighted when he uploads it. Even without this © symbol.

If you take an idea and expand on it you have not violated somebody else's copyright.

In my first ebook I cited a web page AFTER I got the owners permission to include it in my book.

You might want to buy an hour of legal advise from a copyright attorney.

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Which one of my scenarios do you think I'm ok to do? It's late, so maybe my brain isn't working well.

I appreciate the advice, I'm going to call an attorney tomorrow.
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