copyright: ActiveRain is changing. Copyright Law is NOT! - 02/05/15 09:18 PM
ACTIVERAIN IS CHANGING!
That's no surprise to anyone who checks in with ActiveRain regularly. 
However, changes to ActiveRain do not change the copyright laws. 
If you copy and paste content from the Internet and publish it on ActiveRain, giving the impression that you originated the content, you have violated COPYRIGHT law.
As many ActiveRain members may know, copyright law is a matter great interest to many ActiveRain members, myself included.
This morning I read a blog post that was, how do I say it, just too good.  The red flag went up.

Checking one of the paragraphs in the article … (42 comments)

copyright: Ghost Writers and Their Posts are not new. A Revisit. - 11/19/14 08:12 PM
What are Ghost Writing and Ghost Writers doing doing on ActiveRain?
They are doing no more and no less than what all ActiveRain members do when they post an original article, a reblog, an article purchased or anything published on their blog, advertising.  Accusations, unethical, etc. against ActiveRain members who publish purchased content may be premature and are surely not worthy of the accuser.  

ALERT! ALERT!  How to identify purchased articles.  HA!, they are easy to read, contain no misspelling or grammatical errors.

NOTE!  The matter of ghost writing and writers is in no way related to plagiarism/copyright theft.
While I … (23 comments)

copyright: Copyright - 06/26/14 10:27 PM
Copyright enforcement begins at home.
Seems to me that each individual member should police their own content. 
When your content has been copied and pasted on another member's site, it's clearly a violation of the AR rules and a violation of copyright law. 
If you have such a violation, report it to Bob or Kerrie.  They'll attend to it. 
If the work is registered with the U.S. Copyright office, the owner of the copyright could collect damages from the violator beginning at $7,500 per use.  
There are folks, many AR members, who have difficulty putting a complete sentence together without … (18 comments)

copyright: THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS COPY & PASTE LENN HARLEY - 12/24/13 08:48 PM
Richie, Richie.  Indeed, the "copy and paste" crew is always at work.  Careful though, with my name in the title, you're likely to discourage many readers. 
Oh, the time we waste reading a post when we suddenly realize that, "Wait a minute, this sounds familiar."
A few lines pulled from that post, inserted into a Google search (not so easy today with AR's determination to make all things AR difficult), and, not suprisingly, we see where that content was previously posted, by someone else, not necessarily on ActiveRain, but on the Internet.  That's enough to create a copyright law violation.
No … (28 comments)

copyright: Copyright Redux - 12/14/13 07:23 PM
Keep up the good fight Kathleen.  See: ASK AN AMBASSADOR: What Do I Do When I Find A Plagiarized Post?
So far have we come, so far have we yet to go!!  I'll accept the "copyright queen" title if it will help members.  Ask a few members who have gotten a "demand" letter from Getty or another content owner whose content they have used in their web sites or within ActiveRain.  I've received a number of phone calls from members about these demand letters so I know that entities that publish content are watching. 
Kathleen advises, "give credit or remove … (35 comments)

copyright: Copyright. About Linking, Snippets, Photos, Reblogs, Attribution???? - 11/10/13 03:00 AM
Copyright.  About Linking, Snippets, Photos, Reblogs, Attribution, etc.
My information (I am not a lawyer) is that linking, if done correctly, is fine.  In fact, the Copyright office has specifically addressed and EXEMPTED "SNIPPETS".  By the way, a Snippett is no more than a few words, not an entire article.
SECTION 107.  Snippets are an Exemption to the copyright law.
How to link with a Snippet:
Just post a line or two (not too much) from the original content and then LINK to the URL of the original article or post. 
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EXAMPLE:
BUYER BEWARE??  DID YOU MAKE APPLICATION FOR … (28 comments)

copyright: Attribution is NOT permission. Copyright . . . . continued. - 10/08/13 09:24 PM
"attribution is NOT permission"  
IMO, the belief that "attribution is permission" to PLAGIARIZE/VIOLATE A COPYRIGHT is one of the most serious barriers to effective enforcement of ActiveRain's policy on copyright violations. 
This post was inspired by an ActiveRain post:  "Do We Need A Scarlet Letter Icon as Punishment for Plagiarizing Posts??"
Fact is:  Attribution is NOT permission.  You cannot merely copy and paste content from Yahoo and post it to your ActiveRain blog as your own writing.  There's no way to make that right.  More importantly, there is no excuse that makes it either right or legal.  To copy content … (34 comments)

copyright: LISTING SCRAPING? WHAT ABOUT PLAGIARISM?? Copyright Cheat Sheet Link!! - 08/18/13 08:01 PM
Listing Scraping and Plagiarism.
Is there a law on the federal or state books that isn't flouted daily??
Listing Scraping is old news.  Since 1993, it's been a "case over" matter.  See:  http://thedataadvocate.com/2013/07/10/the-lion-and-bill-chee/
ON ANOTHER TOPIC:  Is there no longer any pride in creating original content??
Listing Scraping?  HA!  That horse left the barn years ago.
Copyright violation?  HA!  There's rarely even an attempt to disguise this illegality.
WHERE IS THE PRIDE OF CREATING AN ORIGINAL WRITING??
With a little practice, it's just as easy and far more satisfying to write a few original lines ABOUT ANYTHING than to simply copy and … (16 comments)

copyright: THE MOST CLICKS IN 2013??? HA! Guess what??? - 06/09/13 08:13 AM
MOST CLICKS??? 
Bob asked that we write about the post that received the most clicks in 2013.  I wasn't going to go farther than just acomment on Bob's post, but the matter that received the most comments is. . . . . .
COPYRIGHT!!!
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copyright: Q. Is it Ethical to Use Purchased Blog Posts? - 05/18/13 08:39 PM
Question:  "Is it Ethical to Use Purchased Blog Posts?"
Answer:   "Yes" 
BUT!!!  It is not ethical to take 200 points for the posting.
JUST FOLLOW THE RULES!  Agreeing to the pop-up verifying that the content you're about to publish is your own, when you know you purchased the content and did not create/write/originate it, is NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES. 
1.  The question is, do members agree without reading???
2.  Or, do members agree knowing full well that they didn't originate (write, create) the content they are publishing?
If the member affirms that they created the material without reading, they … (16 comments)

copyright: Copyright again. Just because the advice is given on ActiveRain, doesn't mean it's correct. - 02/09/13 07:47 PM
The advice below was included in an ActiveRain article about copyright.  IT IS, IMO, WRONG!!!
Below is the advice from a member.  Careful when relying on this advice. 
"copyrighted material will indicate it somewhere either on the content page you're reading or on the home page of the site the content is located on."
FACT:  Copyright protected material need not indicate that protection ANYWHERE!!!! 
FACT:  If one is giving copyright advice, link it to the U.S. Copyright Office web site, http://www.copyright.gov .
DANGER WILL ROBINSON.  CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WHEN USING CONTENT YOU DID NOT CREATE!!
Copyright protected content on the … (114 comments)

copyright: COPYRIGHT, REPOSTING, REPUBLISHING, COPY AND PASTE. - 02/08/13 06:02 AM
THIS IS A RE-POST.
I've noticed a number of posts recently where the ActiveRain member writes a 10-20 line introduction and then REPUBLISHES AN ENTIRE ARTICLE written by another writer.  The popular name for this action is "COPY AND PASTE".  Everyone knows what that means.
IMO, this could be a serious violation of copyright law.  I'm no expert, but over the past 8 years have had a lot of experience with copyright law. 
SO, be safe.  DO NOT REPUBLISH CONTENT FROM ANOTHER ARTICLE OR BLOG POST.
Many believe that if they simply "credit" the author, they're O.K.  NOT SO. 
Attribution … (43 comments)

copyright: COURT AGREES. THE BROKER OWNS THE LISTING INFORMATION. Question is, which is the chicken and which is the egg? - 11/29/12 07:40 PM
An interesting post by Richard Weisser, see:  The worst offender seizing content? Would you believe your own MLS? prompts a discussion about copyright of MLS "LISTING INFORMATION".
It's possible that Richard's MLS goes too far in claiming a more absolute right to the copyright for data entered by listing brokers than that to which they would be entitled by copyright law.  However, that's not the point of this discussion.
The point, IMO, goes back to the basics of copyright.  I believe that some would take exception to the statement in that MLS's rule that says: 
From the Georgia MLS:
 
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copyright: Are you an opportunistic writer? Or, are you an ignorant one? - 07/14/12 08:27 PM
If you believe the following, you're WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!
"If it's on Google, it's in the public domain." 
NO!  NO!  NO!  That opportunistic statement is used by individuals who violate COPYRIGHT laws regularly. 
Do they really believe that statement?  I don't believe so.  They are either opportunistic or incredibly ignorant.  I let them make the choice of descriptions of their own behavior.
I don't accept the claim that individuals who violate the COPYRIGHT laws don't know what they are doing.  Only a person from a country with no copyright protections would not be aware of this law since it's a … (13 comments)

copyright: Copyright Infringement or "Fair Use"? Copyright law is clear. - 06/25/12 09:32 PM
COPYRIGHT is back and, as always, our horizon expands. 
Disclaimer:  Keep in mind dear ActiveRain readers that I am not an attorney and my writings about copyright matters are purely a reflection of my own opinions.  Or, my articles about copyright reflect my experience over the past 7 years proceeding against competitors violating my registered copyrights.  
If I've learned one thing it is that copyright violators are either uninformed about the matter and have stumbled into a violation of the law, OR, they simply ignore copyright law and violate the copyright protections of others in the belief that
(1) no … (66 comments)

copyright: COPYRIGHT ALERT! Danger Will Robinson - - GETTY Is Getting Around, In Some Unsuspecting Ways!! - 04/10/12 10:27 PM
COPYRIGHT ALERT!!
Danger, Danger Will Robinson - - GETTY Is Getting Around, In Some Unsuspecting Ways!!
 
Much Ado about A Big Deal! Read Amy Hahn's post.  This is the second post I've read in a week or so about the LONG ARM OF THE GETTY FOUNDATION's program of
SEARCH, FIND and DEMAND $$$$ when their attorney/representative locates a GETTY owned photo/image on the Internet in violation of COPYRIGHT LAW.
For detailed information about COPYRIGHT AND "THE GETTY", see:  http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
These folks are serious and they have the resources to back up the long arm of The Getty.  Getty's estimated worth … (11 comments)

copyright: A New Industry. Trolling for Plagiarizers. Just because it says FREE, doesn't mean it's available. It may be a TRAP!! - 04/03/12 06:31 AM
A New Industry.  Trolling for Plagiarizers.  Just because it says FREE, doesn't mean it's available.  It may be a TRAP!!
DANGER WILL ROBINSON - There's more to the Notice of Copyright Infringement letter you received than one photo
Richard Iarossi identified a little known or little acknowledged risk in using photos, images or content that you did not TAKE, CREATE OR WRITE.   Images found on the Internet just may be a TRAP.
RICHARD DID NOTHING WRONG.  However, he identified a potential TRAP for others.
See the letter Richard received and keep it in mind when tempted to use property that YOU … (60 comments)

copyright: COPYRIGHT IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AGAIN - TIME TO BRUSH-UP - 01/22/12 10:04 AM
COPYRIGHT IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AGAIN.  AN ACTIVERAIN ARTICLE TODAY INSPIRED THIS REPUBLISH.
COPYRIGHT CHEAT SHEET 
Do NOT copy and paste content, articles, images (maps), photos from the Internet.
If you didn't write it, don't put it on your web site.
You can NOT avoid copyright infringement by adding a disclaimer.
Content belongs to the writer, not the publisher.  We own the content in our blogs and ActiveRain has said so.
Copying and pasting content written or created by others is copyright infringement.
Content does not have to contain a copyright notice to have copyright protection.
The proper way to use content belonging … (72 comments)

copyright: JUST BECAUSE IT'S FREE DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPUBLISH! READ THE TERMS OF USE!! When they are ambiguous, be careful. It may be a trap. - 12/23/11 09:32 PM
FREE DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE OWNER DOESN'T RETAIN THE COPYRIGHT.
I read the "terms of use" on the web site thatLarry mentioned with royalty free, etc. photos and it's not clear that a user, while the photos are royalty free, may not have permission to republish.
"The Parties agree that all rights, including title and copyright, in and to the uploaded Images, shall be retained by the Photographer, unless otherwise mentioned by the license agreement."
A user should use extreme caution when using what may be "free".  Just because it's free doesn't give one a license to republish.  You can print and distribute, … (17 comments)

copyright: COPYRIGHT ALERT!!. . . . . IF YOU THINK THAT THOSE PHOTOS THAT YOU COPIED AND PASTED LAST YEAR ARE SAFE, THINK AGAIN!! - 07/19/11 10:48 AM
COPYRIGHT ALERT!!  IF YOU THINK THAT THOSE PHOTOS THAT YOU COPIED AND PASTED LAST YEAR ARE SAFE, THINK AGAIN!!
We're all familiar with marking our photos and images.  However, often the marks can be cropped or, as in the case of my maps, of which 95% contain a mark, i.e., lennharley.com.  I am not amused when an agent's defense of their copyright infringement is "I didn't know it belonged to anyone.  HA!  At the bottom of most of my maps is a clear lennharley.com.  Anyone who entered that domain into their browser would see a web page http://www.lennharley.com .
ACTIVERAIN NETWORK SYNERGY … (61 comments)

 
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