I have a site and on some pages I want to add data that is available on other sites, also I will put proper reference to my data that is where I copied it from.

I just need proper rule for it.

Like http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/4/prweb9358675.htm

I want to add an excerpt from this page and refer this page as reference reading. Can I do copy paste? Is this any violation of law?


You need to refer to the copyright notices on the relevant sites. For instance, prweb.com copyright notice states:

Vocus, Inc. and/or its subsidiary Vocus PRW Holdings LLC, (collectively “PRWeb”) grant you a limited license to use and/or republish any of the press releases on this site for any legitimate media purpose, provided that you: (1) reference PRWeb as the source and include a hyperlink to the original release on the PRWeb site; (2) do not modify any press release wording; and (3) do not modify or add hyperlinks, including but not limited to adlinks, within the press release.

This is just a snippet, you need to read it all.

In most cases you should be OK quoting a short passage and linking to the source material. However, I would refrain from "copy paste" entire articles - this is what hyperlinks are for.

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