As a content writer and editor, I have had many cases in which my or customers' articles have been used without my permission by others which is directly violating the copyright laws. Many do not understand the concept itself, so they assume they are respecting the common laws. It is really frustrating for us, writers and creators, so please try to absorb and apply the following rules I will explain in this post.
Here are the most famous myths and the actual truths about the copyright law.
The article was less than 250 words, therefore I can use it freely.
An article, column, paragraph and even a sentence are all equally protected by copyright law regardless of length.
I have got a permission from another editor/writer/page to use the article, therefore it is legal.
This is the most abused rule out of all. Only the original author can grant permission to reprint/repost an article. If the author asks for a credit, add it below with the direct link.
I am not trying to make an income from it, so the rules do not apply to me.
Copyright laws apply to everyone, even if you are a nonprofit organization.
This article originates from another country, so I am free to use it in mine.
All developed countries have signed either the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern Union) or the International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union).
FINAL SOLUTION: The safest option is to ask an author directly and if allowed, only then distribute the content further.
Be aware and respect authors' work.