The Most Common Form of Copyright Infringement, and How to Avoid It

Posted on Apr 24, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Sometimes, conversations about copyright veer into the realm of ethics and lawfulness, but today we'd like to have a more pragmatic conversation.

If you publish online, you want people to spread your content.

It’s also likely that being known as the source of what you write has a direct impact on your income.

The messy truth is that the most common form of online sharing -- copy and paste -- actually stands in between you and these important online goals.

When readers are inspired to reuse your content, many just don’t realize that they shouldn't copy and paste at will. Yet, out of habit, that’s exactly what most people do!

Copyright and Fair Use: Keep Your Blog from Crossing The Line

Posted on Apr 18, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Bloggers have an innate desire to share, exchange, and discuss ideas.

The free exchange of ideas makes the blogosphere a uniquely engaging and inspiring place. One minute you’re reading a blog post that engages you, and before you know it, you are inspired to write your next post!

What then informs our ability to share and reuse each others’ content to research, write, and report through our own blogs?

The answer is that we are both protected and enabled by copyright law.

Embedded in U.S. copyright law are certain exceptions to copyright enforcement, known as fair use -- a legal defense for using another’s content without permission.

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.

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.