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Can I Copy and Distribute an Article I Was Featured In?

by | May 3, 2018 | Copyrights, Intellectual Property

If you or your company have been featured in an article, you probably want to share it with the world. That’s understandable.

But you must be careful how you do it.

You do not automatically have the right to make copies and distribute an article just because you were featured or quoted in it. That is true even if the entire article is about you. You still need to get permission from the author or publisher.

Do not rely on a verbal agreement, either. Instead, get it in written form and save a copy. Also, be aware of any requirements for how content is displayed or credit is given.

An alternative option to consider is sharing a link to the article online, which you can do as long as you list the website correctly. (For example, you cannot claim an article is in the NY Times and then link to a different website.)

When in doubt, reach out to Crystal Broughan and the Marks Gray Intellectual Property Team for legal advice specific to your situation.


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