There is an alert out to all those who post articles, or do any copy and pasting to their web sites:
Apparently, there's a company called Righthaven. Its whole purpose is to buy the copyright to various articles from any given newspaper, then check the Internet for that article. If they find someone who has put it on their blog or website, they try to sue them. The federal copyright law allows fines or penalties of up to $150,000 per article.
About 80 lawsuits have been filed so far, I'm told, against organizations like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Democrat National Committee of Nevada, a real estate broker in Las Vegas, and FreeRepublic.com. More are expected to be hit by the end of the year.
Its never right to use someone else's work, copying and pasting into your site and not giving the rightful owner credit.