I recently wrote about asking permission to include a blog in your blogroll and asking permission to link to website or blog content, and now I want to know if you need permission to publish a feed on your blog.
This is a complex issue. Like blogrolls, I think it is a compliment to include titles or excerpts from blogs on a site. I have some as part of my test-driving of the WordPress Widget sidebar accessories in my own sidebar here.
When it comes to using titles and excerpts in a feed, it is a great way to highlight related content to your readers, a form of expanded blogroll, and acts like a news feed, giving people up-to-date information and content.
Do you need to ask permission to use feeds on your blog that meet this qualification?
What do you think? Have you found anyone writing about this, offering opinion or legal advice? Would you want to be asked for permission to use your feeds? Do you think that these should be free for the taking? If so, then how much of your content is acceptable? In general, this could be seen as blockquoting and come under the fair use laws, so 100-200 words, give or take, would be acceptable, but what are your limits?
This is a bigger issue than just use on personal blogs. Feeds are being used by search engines, directories and aggregators, using full or partial content to develop their searchable database information. Their thought is that your feeds are like marketing tools, helping them direct more readers to your blog. Still, they are using your content as theirs. I’ve heard of a few law suits and investigations into looking at the fine line between content use and abuse on this subject, but I’ve heard no definitive results on them.
Tell us what you think about people using your feeds on their blogs. Should they ask permission? And if they shouldn’t, at which point should they?
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