Copyright and Fair Use: Good News for Writers, Bad News for Content Scrapers (AP v Meltwater)

Posted on Apr 01, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

For anyone interested in copyright and fair use, the recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case of AP v Meltwater makes an interesting read.

Below I highlight the most interesting parts of the 83-page opinion, and in Part 2 of this series I draw implications for publishers, freelancers, and bloggers who are trying to earn a living by writing online.

The good news for writers? Despite the ease of digital copying, copyright protection for online articles and excerpts from articles isn’t going away, and writers can take steps to profit from that.

How to Use A DMCA Takedown Notice to Protect Your Online Brand

Posted on Mar 27, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Plagiarism is about as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party, but if you are publishing on the Internet, you must learn to deal with it.

Here's how to get those infringing web pages removed quickly!

Remedies for Content Theft

Once you detect pirated blog content, what do you do?

In some cases, you may be able to work out an agreement with the infringing site. For instance, you may simply want them to include attribution and links back to your site. Or, you may want to offer an option to keep your content on their site by licensing an authorized version. For other sites, complete removal may be preferred.

How To Fight Content Theft: Plagiarism Detection Tools

Posted on Mar 24, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

It's hard work to create original content.

Fortunately, there's a simple way to make sure that your words aren't being used on someone else’s website without your permission.

When it comes to to detecting plagiarism and other forms of content piracy, you have several choices -- from simple copy/paste plagiarism checkers, to more advanced anti-piracy software.

Which plagiarism detection tool is right for you? (Tweet This!)

How to Prevent Copyright Infringement: A Game Plan for Your Blog

Posted on Mar 20, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Have you ever come across your words on someone else's website!?

We’re all susceptible to copyright infringement -- in other words, instances when someone takes your online content and uses it without your permission.

It comes as a shock and a surprise when you first discover content theft ... and while dealing with copyright infringement can be frustrating at times, there are things you can do to prevent, detect, and resolve it.

Here’s what you need to know:

Fumbling For the Truth: The Freelancing Author, or Will I Ever Be Paid Again?

Posted on Mar 17, 2013
By Guest Writer

By Aaron Riccio. Republished by permission from his blog That Sounds Cool.

I’m not sure what the big deal is. Nate Thayer was respectfully asked by Olga Khazan, the Global Editor for The Atlantic, to repurpose an article he wrote for NK News about “basketball diplomacy,” for the benefit of her readers. Nate Thayer, needing a paycheck more than exposure, respectfully declined. And then, perhaps deciding that if he was going to work for free, he might as well get that exposure in a different way, he chose to adapt his experience into a blog post about the sorry state of unpaid journalism. Publishing the editor’s e-mail address seemed unnecessary, I suppose, but hardly vindictive so much as childish: “You offered me exposure to your readers, I return the favor to you via mine.” And then his comments were picked up by New York, which got him being a bit more profane and officially on-the-record. Recursively, the whole thing wound up back at The Atlantic, in a half-defensive blog post by Ta-Nehisi Coates that seemed intent on contextualizing Thayer in the worst possible light. Which might not have been such a terrible thing, what with another blog accusing Thayer of plagiarizing his entire article. The whole thing’s spit-balled around the blogosphere long enough for even me, The Lowest Man on the Totem Pole, to chime in about it . . . so let’s get back to the actual point: that writers are increasingly asked to exchange their services–whether to create entirely new content or to adapt previously published work–for nothing more than the opportunity to reach a larger, or different, audience. Monetizing that would, one assumes, be left up to the writer . . . though if The Atlantic finds itself requesting free articles in order to boost their own ad revenue, I don’t imagine that’s a winning strategy.

Blog Copyright: How to Protect and Deter Misuse of Your Work!

Posted on Mar 17, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

If you write a blog, sooner or later, someone will want to reuse your original content.

Encourage readers to reuse your work with permission, by adding a clear and visible copyright policy to your blog.

First Things First: Your Blog is Already Protected By Copyright!

It's easy to have questions about copyright. If you are not a lawyer or copyright expert, you may wonder what steps to take to protect your work.

Join Us In A Digital Content Conversation

Posted on Mar 12, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Do you know the basic principles of copyright? How to protect and profit from your digital content?

Many content publishers and individual content creators really don't spend much time thinking about their copyrights. Yet for many of us, the online content we create is our most valuable online asset. How we manage online content and present it to our audience is critical to our overall success.

When you think about it, copyright is really a pretty cool topic – and it has become more important than ever before.

Monetize Content: What Online Publishers Can Learn From iTunes

Posted on Jun 21, 2012
By Dan Sauerhaft

Let's take a look at the success of iTunes -- one of the most successful business models of our age -- and tease out some lessons for online publishers.

How Does iTunes Monetize Content?

iTunes is such a great way to get music.

It’s instant, it’s easy, it’s economical, and the licensed music retains its high fidelity. It’s a great business model, serving both music creators and consumers.

But … did you ever buy from iTunes a song you never heard before?

Syndicating Content with iCopyright

Posted on Feb 10, 2012
By Andrew Elston

With the iCopyright Plugin, you can syndicate your content OUT to other blogs and websites, as well as syndicate content IN from other other blogs and websites.

Content syndication details (click here)

To syndicate your content to other sites, or to find content to publish on your site, log-in to your Conductor Console and click on the "Syndication" tab.

Are You Helping Your Readers To Do The “CopyRight” Thing?

Posted on Jan 23, 2012
By Andrew Elston

If you create original content for a living, the issue of piracy on the internet is more than just a theoretical problem. It’s a threat to your livelihood!

This is true whether you’re a big movie studio with billions invested in blockbuster movies or an individual blogger typing away in a bedroom. The issues raised by copyright laws and internet piracy are not going away anytime soon.

  • There is a general consensus that internet piracy is wrong, even as it has become more commonplace.
  • Most of us want to see ideas spread freely online, and new creation encouraged.

Are these beliefs at odds?

We don’t think so. Most online copyright infringement occurs because it’s so easy to copy online. But most people are willing to respect your rights, if you make it easy for them to comply.