The Copyright Symbol, Misunderstood: 4 Common Myths That Hurt Your Blog

Posted on Jul 10, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

In our world of digital everything, copyright has become tricky business.

Every day we see widely adopted online practices that violate copyright.

Worse still, the Internet is full of copyright falsehoods and half truths that are mistakenly passed along, and believed to be accurate.

Misperceptions about copyright leads to copyright infringement, which hurts bloggers.

We’d like to set the record straight.

How to make your blog content theft-worthy

Posted on Jun 30, 2013
By Ellie Becker

We’re going to clear up the title of this post right off the bat. It’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek, of course.

A company devoted to promoting respectful use of copyrighted content and protecting digital content from piracy certainly isn’t going to advocate for content theft.

However, since it’s usually the best written, most useful content that gets stolen – or licensed and syndicated for that matter – we thought we’d devote a post to what makes for a good blog read.

And we can help you prevent or deal with any pirates who turn up.

Here are a few tips.

How To Monetize Your Blog (Part 1)

Posted on May 12, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Blogging takes incredible discipline and hard work.

Leading blogger Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan on twitter) famously wrote that it took him eight years to get his first 100 subscribers!

Learning how to connect with readers, and attract a following may be the hardest part. But sooner or later, if you stick with it, you’ll find where your voice and audience intersect.

Once you do, another challenge appears on the blogging horizon:

... creating a profitable online business model for your blog.

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.

Blog Copyright: 8 Do’s and Don’ts to Protect Your Content

Posted on Apr 10, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

Have you worked hard to create original content on a website or blog, only to have someone “borrow” it?

That’s not right!

Take time to review your blog: copyright is automatic, but it's up to you to make sure that the right measures are in place to make compliance seamless.

Here are 8 Do’s and Don’ts, to help secure your blog’s content:

5 Critical Copyright Guidelines for Bloggers

Posted on Apr 03, 2013
By Rhonda Hurwitz

What are the basic rules of copyright protection for bloggers?

First and foremost: When it comes to writing, sharing, and republishing other people’s content, the golden rule applies:

Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

Always obtain permission before posting another person’s copyrighted work on your blog or website!

This is true for all kinds of content, including graphics, text, audio, and video.

Here are 5 more copyright guidelines to remember as you seek to protect your own content.

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.

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.