Sunday, February 5, 2012

Copyright Infringements

I’ve often wondered if my blog was protected under the copyright laws in this country. Apparently, I should have investigated further. Although there are laws to protect original work, the enforcement of online forums, such as blogs, are a little fuzzy. They are starting to catch up, but it may be a little longer to catch up to printed works.

There is a moral to this story. My advice to anyone with a blog should get a copyright license for their blog. I have written several stories and occasionally post them. One of them is called “Lost Highways”. It is an original piece of work that should be considered exclusively mine. If someone wants to link to the post, I have no problem with it. But copying it and just pasting into their blog is not acceptable. Why does this bother me so much?

Because I do my best to put an understandable piece of writing together, I want to make sure it’s mine, mistakes and all. I think all of us want that. We all want to feel that our works are ours. That’s why you will see my name somewhere on my photos too. I take those and don’t want someone else taking credit for it. If it is copied and pasted on their blog without providing the link to the place they got it, they are committing copyright infringement. Period.

Here’s the site my buddy Dazee found that gives great information about it. The best part is that it's FREE!!! It’s called My Free Copyright. It will give you more info with links to get your own copyright license. Please go for it and you’ll be protected from anyone stealing your original work.

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