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Wasn't sure where to post this, but I'm sure it's more relevant to this section as a webmaster has likely dealt with it.

referring to said article (or any for that matter): http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/3/laufman-the-snowden-effect/

Am I allowed to simply copy and paste the entire article itself and put it on a website with a link to the original article, or would that be directing traffic from their advertisements?

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If you read their Terms of Use, you'll see that you can not do what you want in a legal way.

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there can't even exist an unaffiliated forum to comment on the article's content? with no links to or from it? – user35827 Feb 5 '14 at 4:25
Yes it can, they own the writing, but not the facts. You can have a site where you talk about news they have with no problem, you can link to them with no problem, you can even copy/past short fragments from their articles on posts of the site you mention, what you can't do is take significant parts of the text or try to get the credit of the writing. If you are going to have a site that presents/talks about news, it's much better if you have multiple sources and you try to use always at least two on each post/article. – PatomaS Feb 5 '14 at 5:10

No matter what they say, you are protected under Fair Use as long as you are both located in the USA, and it is for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and/or research you should be fine.

Also, your case can get stronger or weaker (Quoting the US Patent Office on this)

The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

    The nature of the copyrighted work

The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

    The effect of the use upon the potential market for,
    or value of, the copyrighted work

Doesn't our patent office make perfect sense. But in other words if you don't steal their money with it (and your not, your even giving them good link karma), you are in an even better position.

While you loose a bit on number 3, the amount copied, you should definitely still be fine.

Good luck and if they try to sue you you can always move to Panama :)

The US Patent Office's website on this is http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

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