There will always be some controversy when it comes to taking a quote from someone or from some site. people get a duplicate content filter by Google if you use the quote without giving the credit to the owner. Yes, it seems a new thing for but it is. Bloggers usually use the most used quotes and just use a hyperlink to go back to the source. Well, does it matters to Google?
In google, there are not yet official rules for citing but what it does is that it dictates if any original contents are duplicate, it filters using this duplicate content filter policy. For any content to be duplicate, there are no limited words or sentences to say if these are duplicate of any original content.
If you are new to this then let’s drive into the rules and processes on how not to get caught by Google’s content filter.
Google states in it’s Law that you can’t just copy and paste someone else’s work. It also says that using a hyperlink is not enough when you are using someone’s article. But, it doesn’t clear you on how much you should copy to be claimed by duplicate content.
Under the Fair use of the U.S. copyright regulations, you are legal to use some parts of other people’s content into your work even you can put the quotes for sake of comments, criticism, news reporting, etc. Moreover, you can also put figures on your articles from content but it all depends upon the situation on which contents are created for. For example, there will be some sensitive contents that need to have consent to use for your work.
However, you only can copy the part you are going to use for your comments or new report. Don’t completely copy the content, it can be duplicate content. You should also remember that when you are quotes something onto your work, don’t change the context of that quote so much that it might harm the concept of the original article. For example as per the Fair use, 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law, here is how you should use :
1. “quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author’s observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; ….”
2. Fair use. A biographer of Richard Wright quoted from six unpublished letters and ten unpublished journal entries by Wright. Important factors: No more than 1% of Wright’s unpublished letters were copied and the purpose was informational.
Not all the sites are all into this Law but some sites are actually not letting the user copy a large proportion of their content. Like a new reporting website, NowPublic has actually this policy not to allow to abstract more than 1000 quotes and words.
So, be careful when you try to copy some of the content from other’s work or content and it is also kind of thief of an idea from the creator’s content. You should always give credit to the original content. Just take that’s some quotes or sentences that’s the most useful for your work, don’t copy the whole content.
With that said, thecircular.org is a platform where it gives you voice to the graduate Journalist students who want to be heard. This is a platform where there can be a chance to have problems related to duplicating the content because most of the contents that we make contain quotes, commentary, figures, and some sensitive subject matters that might get duplicate by Google. Thus, students are very much making their own content with less copy from other’s work because this will affect not only on their academic life but also for their future career.