I'm making a website that translates original content scraped from other websites and reproduces it on my own website. The content on the source websites is not behind a paywall, nor does one need to be a member to access it. Also, the the original website is referenced as a source wherever data is used.

I found this question, which may be related, but I will only be reproducing text.

Does the Supreme Court ruling against LinkedIn apply here?

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    The main issue with your plan is that regardless of what the Supreme Court ruling says about the scraping, you have a problem with copyright because your intention is to create a directly derivative work form the scraped data and distribute it - that’s not what the MS v hiQ case involved. Do you have permission to redistribute, ie is the original content under an open license?
    – user28517
    Feb 21, 2020 at 5:34

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This is prima facie Copyright breach

You don’t own the copyright in the other website. Copyright law says you can’t make translations without permission of the copyright owner.

Unless you meet fair use/dealing criteria (which we cannot assess from you info but it seems unlikely).

  • Fair use unlikely? Tell it Google Translate (which translates any website just with a click).
    – Greendrake
    Feb 21, 2020 at 7:08
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    @Greendrake Google Translate tends to translate in context, it makes it very obvious it’s the original website translated on demand and not a reproduction. The OPs description of what they intend does not match what Google Translate does.
    – user28517
    Feb 21, 2020 at 8:37

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