Internet, Networking, & Security Web Development Learn the Copyright Laws and Other Legal Aspects of RSS Feeds Using content from RSS feeds may not be legal by Darla Ferrara Writer Full-time writer and ghostwriter covering a range of topics including marketing, healthcare, and technology. our editorial process LinkedIn Darla Ferrara Updated on March 06, 2020 Kerrick / Getty Images Web Development Web Design CSS & HTML SQL Tweet Share Email While once quite popular, RSS has lost quite a bit of usage over the years and many websites, like Facebook and Twitter, no longer offer this option on their sites. Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox both continue to offer support for RSS, but Google's Chrome browser has dropped that support. The Legal Debate There is some debate on the legality of using content submitted through RSS feeds on another website, related to the copyright of the feed contents. As a general rule, reusing someone else's content is prohibited, because copyright laws attach to feeds. In most cases, the publisher of a commercial site owns the copyright. For personal websites or blogs, the author owns the rights. Unless you specifically give license to another site for your content, it cannot be replicated. Some feeds distribute under various schemes, including Creative Commons licensing, with an intent to share and redistribute providing the sharer receives no monetary gain from the feed. Does that mean that when you put the entire content of an article in an RSS feed that it cannot be republished? Technically, yes. Sending out text through a feed does not abrogate your intellectual-property rights to the article. That doesn't mean that someone won't redistribute it for their own profit, however. They shouldn't, but they certainly can with RSS. Licensing Statement Add a line in your XML code to remind others that you own the rights to the content. My Blog http://www.myblog.com All the Stuff I Write © 2022 Mary Smith, All rights reserved. That one extra line in the XML feed data serves as a friendly reminder that copying content is both ethically and legally wrong. It may not reduce the theft of your content, but it'll make it harder to pretend that the theft was a mere accident.