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  •  I understand your dilemma and it comes from (0+ / 0-)

    wanting to be clear and provide supporting documentation. However, copyright violation comes under the heading of "Immediately bannable behavior." (I'm NOT advocating for that, of course, just trying to steer you in the right direction.) I've heard the FAQ is no longer findable, but here's an excerpt from what's published at the help desk.

    Copyright violations. Most things you run across are well-covered by fair use: taking snippets of someone else's text in order to make a point of your own is protected, for example. But taking protected works in their (near or full) entirety clearly violates copyright law, in most cases. See the various online discussions of the doctrine of fair use.
    From Help Desk
    If you go to the link, you'll find the "fair use" part is linked to a Wikipedia discussion of fair use. You might find that useful in the future. Credit is an issue, but it is not THE issue.  

    Some people use 3 paragraphs as a rough guide, although that is not a legal rule and it depends on other factors such as the length of the total work.

    I'm not sure what your last sentence means or how quoting the entire article drives Patch traffic to Daily Kos, but traffic isn't the point. You can't just quote an entire copyrighted article without permission. I haven't HR'ed, but I have sent the issue to admin for however they might choose to address it. I'll leave it there, but I encourage you to read up on "fair use."

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