Blogging and Copyright Laws

Real Estate Agent with JCS Realty

I am fairly new to the art of blogging and don't want to break any laws.


Can anyone tell me how copyright works with posting on your blog. For example I read a great article in a magazine and would like to share it with readers on my blog, but don't know exactly how I would do that. Is it ok for me to paraphrase the information and site the magazine as the source of the information?


Any information on this topic would be very helpful. Thank You.  

Comments (7)

Christopher Bonta
The Bean Group - Londonderry, NH
Realtor, Integrity and Honesty
Great point and I don't know the legal answer on that, but my guess is that if you paraphrase what is said and have a lot of your own content in your blog then you don't have to site where you got your specific information. If you choose to pull directly a lot of what was written then you would have to quote the source.
Mar 27, 2008 02:37 AM
Royal Goodman
Royalty Home Solutions - Madera, CA
"We Treat You Like a King"
Hi Greta. I would suggest to read the article. Then think about it. Write your own thoughts and blog. All you are picking up are thoughts and a subject. Do it in your own words and add to it. I would think if you quote, it is only right to post where it came from. This is only my opinion. Thanks, Royal..
Mar 27, 2008 02:41 AM
Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI
Hi Greta, Welcome to AR!  If you go to the search link at the top of the page and punch in copyright, you'll get pages of blogs regarding this. Hope this helps.
Mar 27, 2008 04:02 AM
Trevor Jules
2 Blue Chip Professionals, LLC - Ellicott City, MD
Greta- there is a help/FAQ at the bottom of each page. You should be able get the information there but like anything else in my opinion summerized in your own words or put the source where you got the information.
Mar 27, 2008 06:11 AM
Peter Wolf
Coldwell Banker - Valley Village, CA
To be safe, if you want to post an article verbatim, you should ask the permission of the author.  If they say yes, ask them how you should attribute the source.  It wouldn't hurt to have the permission in writing, just in case.
Mar 27, 2008 12:53 PM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Great question.....I have not thought much about this, however I should keep in mind......if I would make this error it would certainly be by accident.....if you read my post , not many would want to copy mine...LOL

Mar 28, 2008 02:38 AM
First Home Team
JCS Realty - Royal Oak, MI

Thank You all for your comments they have been very helpful.

 Mike thanks for the searching tip, I have found a lot of very helpful blog posts on the subject. 

Mar 28, 2008 04:24 AM