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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 that handles your formatting, or you run your own blog…

2. Defend your rights.

Invariably, your work will end up somewhere it doesn’t belong…As a lawyer I’m hard-wired to cringe when someone says we’re not needed, but, for the most part, I agree. It just takes time and determination to protect your rights.

Start to protect your blog by putting a copyright statement on your blog. I have one on every post I write as well as the blog itself (in the sidebar). I’ll be soon talking more about registering your blog and other copyright protection measures.

Then defend your rights. In order to protect them, defend them. I outline some simple steps you can take in “What to Do When Someone Steals Your Content” that will help you protect and defend your copyrights.

Acclaimed cartoonist, Gary Larson, wrote on Creators Syndicate regarding the posting of his cartoons on people’s private websites. Describing a conversation he had fellow cartoonist, Richard Guindon, on the discussion of their images being “…collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control”.

Trying to find the words to express his emotions, Richard summed up their aversion to this by saying:

It’s like having someone else write in your diary.

As horrible as that is, especially if it’s your mother, Gary Larson explained that he takes the illegal use of his images personally:

These cartoons are my ‘children’, of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone’s website is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, ‘Uh, Dad, you’re not going to like this much, but guess where I am.’

So where are your children tonight?

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  1. Posted October 12, 2006 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, I love your blog! You have so much useful information on here and it’s all very well written and easy to find. Well done Lorelle!

  2. Posted April 3, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I have been one of your avid readers for some time. I have come to your site time and again while building my WordPress blog. I just finished your post on about really writing for content and it hit home. Thanks so much for your insightful words. Bella

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