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Can I copy newspaper/ magazine/ journal articles onto my personal website/ blog? I will acknowledge the source.



Articles from newspapers, books and other forms of publications are protected by copyright. You generally need the copyright owners' consent to make copies for use on your website/blog. Merely acknowledging the source will not be enough to avoid infringing copyright in the publications.

The copyright owner may be the publisher, or the individual author, especially if he/she is a freelancer. You should start by checking the copyright notice of the publication.

However, there may not be copyright infringement if your use of the publication falls within the “fair use" exception under sections 190 – 194 of the Copyright Act . “Fair use” includes situations of news reporting and criticisms or review. For such uses, you will need to make a sufficient acknowledgement of the work used.

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