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Topic # 12283 9-Mar-2007 10:30
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I want to develop my own music website. and i want to put music news on the front page. however, i cannot seem to find anywhere to find music news stories from.
 i know you cannot just republish a news story from another site because that infringes copyright doesn't it? so where can I get music news stories from?
 i have visited the associated press and reuters website,and there is no where to buy news stories and there is no feature to login and search from all the worldwide press releases. and one of the sites say you have to contact a sales rep. why can't you just buy and why don't they list their prices? if i could login and search all press releases,do i just copy the whole news story and if it is by the associated press,do i just put their name at the bottom of the story like newspapers do?
 or how do I use a news story from another website without infringing the copyright? can i just copy the first few paragraphs of the story,then put a link to the full story? is this legal?how do i know how much of a story i can publish without infringing copyright?
 And what about the images that come with the story. can i use those images,or do i have to signup to getty images or something and buy them?

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  Reply # 63256 9-Mar-2007 11:53
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You certainly cannot just copy other peoples stories without their express prior consent, thats no different to pirating music, movies, games or books.

Most news is written by people who actually go out and research a story, interview people, find facts and actually create the article. Some news is press releases, most of which are able to be republished (for instance, I have signed up with Telecom NZ to get all their releases, which can be republished).

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  Reply # 63257 9-Mar-2007 12:59
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as tony said, you cant just copy stories written by others.

you can however sign up at many places that will distribute press releases, etc. that will either allow you to reproduce all/ or parts,

others require you release the whole piece with a link.

the other way to write news is to read up and write about the news you have read - without copying - and then quote sources

so you can say

according to "boyband generic fluffies have annouced they are retiring after their second single "I want to wear womens clothing" failed to hit the charts"

more here (linking to the article at the site)

then you can discuss your thoughts on the move, or provide an opininated pieces.

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  Reply # 63259 9-Mar-2007 13:38

As an editor with online content I never objected to the "headline/first paragraph/link" approach... what always got me was sites that simply copied the entire contents of a story and put the link at the bottom as if to pretend they were doing the right thing.

Nobody who has a clue would be upset by you linking to their site - they WANT traffic (typically) and you're directing people to them so it's a win: win.

Hey, it's what the net is all about.



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  Reply # 63318 10-Mar-2007 12:57
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i work IT for a major agency...

pm me and we can talk about it if you want.  there are a few subscription services available where you can get an article and an image.  there are also a couple of just image services available for subscription or on a pay per download type scenario.

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