As an Internet attorney, I get asked all the time about online copyright laws and infringement.
Here’s a key to keeping yourself out of legal hot water when writing content based upon stuff you found on the Internet.
Facts and ideas are not protected by copyright law, just the particular way they are expressed.
How can you (or your content writers) take advantage of this fact?
Pick content that you want to write about.
Create an outline of only the facts and ideas based on the new headline that you plan to use for your content.
Example: 3 Tips For Getting a Quality Widget
1. Tip 1
a. Fact 1
b. Fact 2.
c. Fact 3.
d. Idea 1.
Repeat the steps for each tip. Then write inyour own words (don’t plagiarize) an intro paragraph, explain each tip based on your outline, and add a concluding paragraph. That’s it. If you have any questions, please consult with your Internet attorney.
To your success!
-Mike the Internet attorney
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