Avoid intellectual property infringement in your blog

Based on some mistakes I’ve done, I’ll try and place some guidelines which will help me (and any of you) avoid (do not read bypass) intellectual property infringement in your blog:

1. Embedded Youtube video in your post

Embedding videos in your post is OK. Use a personal uploaded copy IS NOT!

2. Quoting other people’s blogs

While citing a few words or a phrase and attributing your source is acceptable under fair use laws, it’s important to understand that these laws are still in a gray area. In order to be perfectly safe, it’s better to ask the original author’s permission before republishing their words. Asking permission also applies for the usage of images unless they come from a source that clearly gives these permissions

3. Comment upon other people’s intellectual property

As long as you’re citing your source – including a link back to the original content, it is acceptable to discuss upon facts and ideas provided by other people.

4. Content curation – “Best of” lists

It is OK to compile and provide “best of” lists of links, as long as all of those links are pointing to the original content.

5.  Stackoverflow attribution policy

It is OK as long as you comply with what is stated in their attribution policy,

[…] we require that you:

  • Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
  • Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g.,http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)
  • Show the author names for every question and answer
  • Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g.,http://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)

By “directly”, I mean each hyperlink must point directly to our domain in standard HTML visible even with JavaScript disabled, and not use a TinyURL URL or any other form of obfuscation or redirection. Furthermore, the links must not be nofollowed.