Sharing is key on the Internet marketing scene of the last decade. In fact, sharing hasn't only been discussed on an Internet scale only, but also in terms of copyright infrignment, though it hasn't aroused as much buzz as it did among internet users.
You see, Internet has provide a platform in which people can really comunicate, exchange ideas, points of view, information; it even acts as an opportunity to bring people from different corners of the world to work together on a joint project. Ironically, Internet is virtual, a place that exists in part due to math algorithms and electricity but where freedom has come to a new, complete and REAL state which I think it's staggering. And I know I'm not the only one.
I came across this morning with an utterly interesting article on a Blog where writer Corey eridon highlights the importance to share content, but also to give credit for that content's author.
Here's an excerpt on Quoting, Linking and positively remarking the Source:
How to Cite Content in Blog Posts
Blogs are hotbeds of source attribution issues, probably just due to the sheer volume of content that's posted there on a daily basis (you awesome inbound marketer, you). So let's walk through a couple common scenarios bloggers come across when creating their content, and figure out how to address them!
Let's say you're quoting another blogger in your post -- hey, sometimes they just explained it so perfectly! Well, first of all, you have to actually quote them. Don't just take their words and adopt them as your own; they took time to think of that explanation! But there's still some internet etiquette that goes along with quoting someone other than just throwing some quotation marks around their statement. Here's the right way to quote someone in your blog post:
how to cite on the internet
Not only does David Meerman Scott get credit for his quote, but his company is mentioned with hyperlinked text to his website. An added bonus is the link to his Twitter handle -- by no means necessary, but certainly a nice gesture!
So if you don't want to hear from any lawyer you better think twice and before surrendering to the copy/paste fever, just interpret what your about to post, present it with your own words, and don't forget to quote & link the authors!!
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