Re-Blogging vs Copyright Infringement

01 Jun



Re-blogging or Copyright Infringement

. has had more than 275,000 readers as of last week and I am very grateful for over 1,100 subscribers and comments. The blog articles, tips and links I work on, often for hours or even days, such as this old one, but still THE most popular, got even copied and pasted into other peoples blogs – even so there is a RE-BLOGGING function on all WordPress sites.  It is easy to use: just click on it, write your own comment and have your subscribers get curated content – you save time and you don’t run into possible copyright problems.

Re-blogging is considered legitimate sharing when the original source is obvious and available, linking to the original source, comparable to sharing on Facebook, where it includes the link and where only a small portion is shown. Readers can then follow the link to read the full article on the original post. WordPress’ re-blogging also includes an excerpt of the blog post, a link to the original blog post, and it encourages you to add your own comments or an introduction before the re-blogged post.

Motto for re-blogging: “Why steal, when you can get it for free?”

WordPress writes: “You can like and re-blog posts directly from your reader, which displays a stream of all the updates published on all the blogs you follow from your account.
The RE-BLOG button is located in the toolbar that appears at the top of the screen when you’re logged into Note that you’ll only see the like and re-blog options while you’re looking at individual posts.”

Alice Elliott explains in her excellent blog post step for step how it works and shows all the details via computer screen shots. Have a look!

Marcy Kennedy wrote in her article about re-blogging etiquette: “If you’re being re-blogged, it’s an honor that someone found your content worthy of sharing with their followers, and it can extend your reach and bring people back to your site without the effort of guest posting. If you’re the re-blogger, it can sometimes be a lifesaver in terms of getting content up on your site when your week has fallen to pieces. Plus, you’re providing your readers a service through vetting material for them and bringing them the best.”

If done incorrectly, though, re-blogging flirts with the line of plagiarism.  Read more about copyright in other blog posts.

Copyright is a federal law of the United States (and most countries in the world) which protects original works of authorship. A work of authorship includes literary, written, dramatic, artistic, musical and certain other types of works.

What happens if you violate someone’s copyright?
Most artists and photographers are too nice to sue, and will simply request that you remove the copied work. However, a copyright owner can sue for damages, as one website discovered. That website paid $4000 in damages for a $10 stock photo they had used without permission, even though they removed the photo promptly after receiving a take-down notice.
Read more what you can do if copyright infringement happens to your work in this fantastic post:

More articles about this subject here on the blog:

Why Should you Register the Copyright of your Manuscript?

How Do You Deal With Copyright & Plagiarism?




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19 responses to “Re-Blogging vs Copyright Infringement

  1. Yvonne Hertzberger

    June 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Good post. Thank you. I have used the re-blogging function fro my site but cannot find how to do it to my new site. Can you tell me how to do that?

  2. vickiemckeehan

    June 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This is one of the reasons I’m not particularly eager to reblog anymore. If I know the person I’ll send them a note to ask first. But if I don’t know the individual (and this is the more common scenario especially here on WordPress) I’m more than likely going to pass on sharing. Since I began blogging in January, I did that early on, reblogged a great article I liked and found interesting thinking I was doing a good thing. The person was NOT happy with me for doing so. But reblogging as plagiarism? I never even considered such a thing. I plan to bring this up in my writer’s group to see what they think.

    • ebooksinternational

      June 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Essentially, you can place a button in your post (top, bottom or user specified) that enables others to “repost your article.”

      • vickiemckeehan

        June 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        So basically if I see this “button” I’ll know it’s okay to reblog without fear someone might consider it a form of copyright infringement, right?

        • ebooksinternational

          June 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

          YES Vickie!
          That’s what the re-blog button is for!

          One only infringes copyright if copied and pasted on another website without permission. I discovered this just last week. The thief did not even mention who wrote it or linked back.


    • ebooksinternational

      June 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Vicky, re-blogging is NOT plagiarism, the opposite. Don’t be encouraged, most authors are happy to extend their audience. Maybe the blogger you described was not aware of the re-blogging feature. WordPress would not have installed it if it would be illegal.
      However, what happened to me here on this blog was copyright infringement. One blogger just copied and pasted my article “46 Top Websites to Announce Your Book for FREE” it in full on her website. She did not state me as the author. And this was a blog that took more than a week to compile…

  3. angel7090695001

    June 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I reblog a few posts and it is easy to have your own guest post on your site as well as the other persons.

  4. dogsrulecatsdrool

    June 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Your blog post brings up a lot of great points. In fact, I would like to ask if I can re-blog it at my site, Rebecca’s Writing

    • ebooksinternational

      June 5, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Rebecca, certainly,
      that’s what the RE-BLOG button is for. Feel free to use this RE-BLOG feature.
      It works very well from WordPress to WordPress blogs. To other sites sometimes.
      You can also use RSS.
      Cheers, Doris

    • ebooksinternational

      July 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Absolutely Rebecca!
      Any article! Just hit the RE-BLOG button, and maybe write a short (or long) comment to it.

  5. Dorcas Graham

    June 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I like this post. What I find is that people who are dishonest in one area are simply dishonest overall. People who cut and past without giving you credit have no intentions of doing things the right way. As far as re-blogging, I’m with Marcy, I say go for it as long as you acknowledge the author of the work. It is absolutely a form of flattery.

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    June 26, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up
    and also the rest of the site is also very good.

  7. Christine Goodnough

    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Christine's Collection and commented:
    I came across this site early this morning and thought this article would be of interest to you, my fellow bloggers. This writer has covered a number of other subjects on book publishing, e-books, etc., that you will also find informative if you’re thinking of self-publishing a book.

  8. Shannon

    July 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I love it when people reblog my articles and go out of my way to help others by re blogging their posts or sharing on my websites fb page or twitter. I just wish their was something similar you could to for blogger blogs. There are some great ones and no easy way of sharing.

  9. Deon Fialkov (@777productions)

    October 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the detailed post…

  10. SignTv

    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Reblogged this on SignTv – Deaf News, Deaf Entertainment and Deaf Education and commented:
    Re-Blogging vs Copyright Infringement

  11. timloyal

    February 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Psalm 46 Church.

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    March 15, 2014 at 9:33 am


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