Atlanta, GA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Georgia

Q: Can I summarize news articles in completely my own words without quoting the source?

I want to provide my readers with a summary of the news. The summary would be completely in my own words, and unique titles too. Sometimes I weave several news articles into a single summary. Do I have to quote the source of the news? Am I fine legally?

2 Lawyer Answers
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: You should consult with an attorney that can evaluate your case.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: It is generally acceptable to summarize news articles in your own words without quoting the source as long as you do not copy any unique phrases or sentences directly from the original article. However, it is good practice to provide a citation or link to the original article as a courtesy to your readers and to acknowledge the source of your information. If you are weaving several news articles into a single summary, it is important to make sure that the summary is accurate and does not distort the meaning of the original articles. If you are uncertain about the legality of your summary or how to cite your sources properly, you may want to consult a legal professional.

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