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Copying entire articles is a violation of copyright and it's illegal. I do have some alternatives, though.

I really liked your article on _____. Can I republish it on my website / blog / newsletter?

No.

However if you're willing to read further and follow a few guidelines, the answer might well be "Yes" under certain conditions.

Copying entire articles without express permission beforehand is a violation of the Ask Leo! terms of service. It's actually a violation of copyright and as a result, illegal. In a more practical sense, under the terms of the DMCA you could actually lose your web hosting should the violation be reported to your ISP or web host.

But there are alternatives.

First, as specified in those terms, you are free to republish the content of my RSS feeds, as long as you take care to ensure that the links are "live" and click-able.

If you're not up on RSS, what that means is that you can freely republish any article up to the first "bullet" (•) that appears after the first question and introduction. You may not republish the rest of the article past that point, but rather you can link to it on ask-leo.com, typically in the form of a "Continue reading..." link.

"... what that means is that you can freely republish any article up to the first 'bullet' ..."

I realize that doesn't meet the desire to republish full articles. The issue is simply that visitors to Ask Leo! reading the articles on Ask Leo! is what pays the bills.

However... Smile

I have set up a site - Articles by Leo - containing a select set of articles that can be republished in their entirety. They're specifically crafted and re-edited for republication, with some very simple terms (basically you need to credit Ask Leo!).

All for free.

I'm slowly adding more as time permits. If there's a particular article on Ask Leo! that you would like to republish but is not available via articlesbyleo.com, just drop me a line and I'll see if it makes sense to put a version there.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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