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Monday, July 02, 2007

What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content

Lorelle VanFossen, who writes here Lorelle on Wordpress, did a great series of posts on protecting your work, finding out if your content has been stolen and the growing trends in content theft:
Update: Lorelle also points to a large roundup article in Smashing Magazine. Smashing Magazine is primarily a design magazine, but this article was too comprehensive to pass up:

Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right?

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Blogger The Dark Side of me said...

How does one join such a community?

Tue Jul 03, 02:59:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Alex said...

Dark Side

Just email me alex@alexsuze.com and I'll send you an invite.


Tue Jul 03, 04:18:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Desire X said...

Thanks Viviane.
That's great information to have. I've seen it happen in the past and I know how traumatizing it can be for the author trying to figure out what to do about it.

Thanks again,

Thu Jul 05, 02:15:00 am GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me for saying so, but many websites use images that are not theirs, and while they do credit the originating web page, this does not diminish the fact that it is an abuse of copyright - in the legal sense of the word.

If I have an original work, and a person uses it - even if they do credit it, add my name or anything - I can still take legal action.

Adding a link, or the name of the originating site does not make it all right; I don't want to mention any names, but many blogs do this, while using other content in the process.

I have read all the links that have been pointed out here, but I also know the rules from a legal perspective as well, and this Internet copyright issue, that has appeared in blogs, means little if the affected people are living in another continent, where law differs.

If you really don't want it to happen; don't put it out there.

If I write ten articles a day, and pay the copyright office per article, they make a lot of profit don't they? The truth of the matter is that copyright is created the moment a work is created; drawing, graphic, article, story, so a lot of the advice in Lorelle's blog is wish-washy.

Fri Jul 06, 11:14:00 am GMT  
Blogger AlwaysArousedGirl said...

It's a good idea, I've found, to include a self-referential link in your posts periodically--ie, include a link back to yourself or to a previous blog entry.

If someone steals your content, they typically take the whole thing without removing your link. So when they publish your piece, it will show up on Technorati as a link back to you.

This won't prevent content theft, but it will give you one way to track down the folks who attempt it.

Fri Jul 06, 03:16:00 pm GMT  

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