While I can appreciate that understanding the subtleties of intellectual property law is challenging, getting the basics right isn't that hard.
If I produce "work" it is mine. I hold the copyright to it unless I publish it under some form of license that allows sharing - that could be a CC license or a simple "go ahead and (ab)use this content".
There is no issue with "citing" works or re-using some types of content.
However there's a massive difference between citation and plagiarism / copyright infringement. So if you wanted to "quote" an article you'd probably be ok, but if you wanted to republish an article in its entirety then you can't.
(And yes I'm over simplifying some of this, but most of it is common sense - or so I'd like to think!)
Over the past few weeks I've seen several instances of blatant copyright infringement and plagiarism by an Irish owned entity that operates in the online marketing / SEO space. So I've called them out on it.
Last night I called them out on it again and they responded. Their response is incredible:
I've removed the names apart from my own ..
There's so much wrong with this, but what really worries and concerns me is that these people are selling their services to small businesses who will not only give them their money, but also their trust. What kind of advice are they likely to give businesses if they don't even understand that ripping off other people's content blatantly is wrong?