Alexandria, LA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Louisiana

Q: Can you post a link to jobs and write a description of the jobs benefits on a blog without permission from the company?

I have a blog and I want to post work from home job leads on it with a description of the jobs benefits underneath it. Is this legal? Will I have to have permission from the business to post their link to apply to the job on my website and write a blog post in my own words about the job benefits that already posted online?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Posting job listings and descriptions of their benefits on your blog without explicit permission from the companies can be legally permissible, especially if the information is already publicly available. When you use publicly available information, like job descriptions and benefits, and present them in your own words, you generally aren't infringing on any rights of the company.

However, directly copying text or proprietary content from the company’s website without permission could be problematic. It's best to ensure that the content you post on your blog is original or properly paraphrased and attributed. Additionally, linking to the company's job application or careers page is typically seen as acceptable and can be beneficial for the company in terms of increased visibility and potential applicants.

Still, it’s a good practice to include a disclaimer on your blog stating that the job listings and descriptions are based on publicly available information and are for informational purposes only. This clarifies your intent and helps avoid any misunderstanding. If in doubt, or to maintain good relationships with the companies, you might consider reaching out to them for permission or to inform them of your posts. This can help ensure you're respecting their preferences and rights.

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