copyright infringement

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This is becoming a burgeoning issue – and I’ve just found myself on the victim’s side of it!! Thanks to the way WomenEntrepreneur.com set up my blog, I’m able to see some of the comments and trackbacks to follow where my blog content is ending up in cyberspace.I followed one trackback link to another site […]

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Post image for If I Give Credit, Is It Copyright Infringement?

I recently gave a teleclass on intellectual property issues for small business owners. One of the questions that came up is whether it’s okay to use someone else’€™s content (in this case, transcribing a podcast and posting it in its entirety) on your own blog as long as you give the proper attribution. The short answer […]

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There are few things more frustrating than putting your hard-earned intellectual capital into your small business, only to find you’ve been a victim of copyright infringement or trademark infringement. For businesses with lots of online content, copyright infringement can pose vexing questions: How often do you file with the U.S. Copyright Office? What are the procedures for […]

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Like the Grinch stealing Christmas, there’s theft afoot–of online articles. For anyone submitting articles to online directories like EZine Articles, this could have a definite bearing on your intellectual property.  According to my colleague, Dee Middlebrooks-Bernal, Editor-in-Chief of VA Today Magazine, she learned that several websites had reprinted her articles without giving her author credit. […]

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I’m often asked, “Can I freely website content I see online? After all, it is free … and easily copied.” Tempting as it is to think that “freely available” equals “can use for free,” the short answer is … no. To play fair in the online world, you need to assume that if website content […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Online Images–Can I Use ‘Em?

A wise tax attorney colleague of mine once said, “Tax deductible does not mean ‘free.’ ” Likewise, fat-free does not mean calorie-free.  And freely viewable (online) does not mean you can freely take it and use it for your own purposes. This week’s Basic Training query wonders if it’s OK to take images found on […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Tackling Copyright Infringement of Your Blog

With so much stuff on the internet available and ripoff-able, what steps can we take to fight back? Q: I have several blogs, and I wrote several articles that I have published to article directories. Doing research on my topics I found my article posted on another website and another author put his name to […]

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Life is short. Time is limited. So when you see that someone has phrased something “just right,” can you take it?  Even just a wee snippet? Aw, c’mon! I came across the example of a consultant who wanted to use song lyrics in publishing her book. The U.S. Copyright Office said “ask for permission.”  A […]

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Post image for On Copyrights and Clothing Patterns

The last time (and only time) I ever made my own clothing was in seventh grade “home ec” class.  I started with wild and totally unrealistic ambitions for making a three-piece suit of jacket, vest and skirt for myself (this was the late ’70s, after all).  I bought the Simplicity pattern and fabric, cut everything […]

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Post image for Is it ‘Fair Use’? Or Copyright Infringement?

Last week, I froze in a moment of horror when I saw my very words show up (vitually unattributed, except for the teeny-tiny type at the bottom of the article) on someone else’s blog. After some schnuckling around, I learned that I was not the only person the “perpetrator” had done this to. Ultimately, there’s […]

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