Whether you are republishing content, repurposing content or quoting great content written by someone else, you must always properly cite sources to give credit where it is due. Corey Eldron (Follow Her on Twitter) from the Inbound Marketing team at HubSpot, published a great article that provides advice for making attribution of content and images much easier.
If you read this blog, you know that valuing and protecting original content are topics we are passionate about.
Last week, the vexing issue of content piracy once again reared its ugly head in the blogosphere. And this instance was a real shocker.
It’s more difficult than ever for musicians, photographers, writers and other content creators to thrive in our online economy.
That’s because a culture of “free” has taken root, depriving the creative class of the fruits of its labors.
The traditional copyright symbol may put users on notice, but hasn’t really offered protection for online content, which is so easily copied and reused.
Plus, it does nothing to express to the world the unique value of a piece of content beyond asserting a creator’s rights in the work.
Each week, we hear from website owners whose websites were deliberately copied or scraped.
Often, site owners find this out by pure serendipity, and are rightfully concerned and confused.
Common questions include:
- Is my website content copyright protected?
- How do I protect my website content from theft?
- Should I take special steps to register my website content?
- What should I do if my website is copied?
With a considerable investment in web design, unique web content, and search rankings, website content abuses can be especially damaging.
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.