copyright infringement

What is content marketing? The dry definition of content marketing is “the creation and sharing of content in order to engage current and potential consumer bases.” More importantly, content marketing recognizes that in this confusing world, people need information.  Information they can trust. And people like to do business with those they know, like, and […]


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Blogging can be joy, bliss, burden, or boon for your business … and it can also be a trap for the unwary. There’s so much free stuff, it’s tempting to assume we can just take what we find. Not true. Here’s a helpful post from Tamara Dourney on a blog called “Registered Trademark 2” (no, […]

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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 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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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 […]


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 […]


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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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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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 […]