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Blog Exercises: How to Respond to a Copyright Violation

While I know that you would never violate anyone’s copyright and publish other people’s content without proper citation or permission, there are hundreds of thousands who think that if it is on the web, it’s free to use and abuse. Accusations of copyright violations are big deals. Some top journalists, writers, photographers, musicians, software developers, […]

The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Copyrights for You and Your Content Sources

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone I know I just recommended aggregating news stories from sources outside of your blog in my series on The Art of the Fan-Based Blog, and that search engines were your friend. They are. However, I cannot stress this enough, be extremely mindful of every single word or […]

How to Add MyFreeCopyright To Your WordPress Blog

404 Tech Support has just published step-by-step instructions on how to addMyFreeCopyright.com to your WordPress.com or WordPress blog. The directions are specific to WordPress.com, but will work for any blog or website. It’s also a prime example of how to use the WordPress Widget to add text to your sidebar. The code used in the […]

Copyright and Translation: Help Your Community Yourself

It is my copyright policy to not permit literal translation of my content into another language without permission. And in general, I rarely give permission. Whoa! Does this sound like it goes against Lorelle’s policy of open, transparent, fair, and equal communication and breaking down the language barriers? Nope. It is within my policies. Translation […]

I Love Your List! I’m Going To Copy It!

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers fall in love with another blogger’s list and then reproduce most or the entire thing on their blog. STOP IT! The intention behind copying and pasting such lists on another blog is usually done out of support and caring. They want to help the original blogger spread their helpful […]

More Information and Resources on Copyright Than You Can Imagine

Smashing Magazine offers “Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right?”, a mind staggering collection of more than you could ever imagine or want to know on copyrights, especially as it pertains to bloggers. I’m honored that they included my article, What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content, in their list. They’ve also included […]

Understanding GPL and Copyright in WordPress Community Podcast

With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and knowing I would be driving through some wide areas without radio or cell phone, I uploaded the last few podcasts from the WordPress Community Podcast with Charles Stricklin and new co-host Aaron Brazell and had a great time catching up on what I’ve been missing. The […]

Copyright Law Tips from Daily Blog Tips

Daily Blog Tips’ article, “Copyright Law: 12 Do’s and Don’ts”, is a great step-by-step list of the basic things you need to know about copyright law, especially when it comes to protecting and copyrighting your content, as well as using the content of others. I really liked some of the items under the “Don’t” list: […]

Copy Copy Copy: You Can’t Write My Post. I Can’t Write Yours.

In “You Can’t Write My Blog Post”, Liz Strauss has done it again. She makes a brilliant point: Writing a blog works the same. You can’t write my blog post. I can’t write yours either. What I can do is pay attention to how you do things and find my own version of doing them […]

CopyBlogger: Zen Blogging Tips

CopyBlogger offers “Zen and the Art of Remarkable Blogging, a must-read. How should I convince you to leave my blog right now and read this? How about this: Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. Incentive enough? Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you […]

Copyrights and the Blogger: Protect What is Yours

Blog Critics’ article “Copyright And The Blogger Syndicate” discusses the ongoing battle between blog syndication and social networking and copyright protection and sums it up beautifully with two instructions to all bloggers: 1. Protect your blog to begin with. How you go about this, depends largely on whether you’re a contributor to a larger site […]

Biggest Copyright Infringement in the World But Nobody Cares Enough

In an interesting news article on Yahoo News – Experts: Suit Raises Copyright Questions, a company in Philadelphia is suing for copyright infringement the non-profit, Internet Archive, developed to “preserve Web pages that will eventually be deleted or changed” for all time. They currently have more than 55 billion pages stored there. (I’d love to […]

Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Infringements

I recently discussed your options and what to do if someone steals your content. Now, let’s look at how to find out if someone has stolen your content. There are various ways to find copyright infringements of your photographs and writings. Currently, there isn’t just one source, so check through these different services on a […]

Speak Out on the DMCA at the Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office wants to hear from you about the DMCA, reports Arstechnica. Starting on November 2, you can let the Copyright Office know how you feel about it. One of the provisions of the DMCA requires the US Copyright Office to conduct a review every three years to determine if it should make […]

WordPress Vancouver Social Meetup Sunday, Nov 16

The next WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, is this Sunday, November 16 at 4-7PM. Reserve your spot now on the WordPress PDX Meetup page. We will be getting our social WordPress on in the the Parkway Plaza Building near the Vancouver Mall, a quick hop for those crossing I-205 from Portland or up I-5 […]

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