Scraping Off the Blog Scrapers

Money from advertising income motivates blog scrapers to steal content. It’s only a matter of time before you discover your copyright has been violated and your content is now duplicated on a site you don’t want to be associated with. So let’s consider the impact of that duplication and how to counter it.

15 Plagiarism Detection Tools for Bloggers and Writers

There’s no difference between copyright law in cyberspace and print media; the same law applies both online and offline. You don’t have to remain a silent victim of make money blogger rip off artists like these two. You can check to see if your content has been stolen, and file DMCA take-down notices with the…

Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation

Search engines make information readily accessible and convenient to copy and paste but be aware that plagiarism is defined as the act of either intentionally  or unintentionally publishing or passing off work that was written or created by someone else as your own work. Any time you use any material from an original source and…

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced,…

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

Another week is  almost gone and I’m wondering where it went.  Here’s my weekly offering for you readers. Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how…

Second Life Virtual Pets Copyright Dispute

If you aren’t into having a virtual  Second Life then you most likely have not heard of Ozimals or Amaretto Ranch Breedables. The former make and sell breedable virtual bunnies.  The latter are newcomers who make and sell virtual horses. Well, the two have wound up in the courts over a copyright dispute. The concept…

Thumbs down on WordPress Reblogging

Today Richard (thesacredpath) tried some experimentation with the new wordpress “like” and reblog feature. He reblogged my Basic Netiqueitte for Beginner Bloggers post and then he reblogged his reblog of my post. All links to the original article are gone in the second-generation reblog.The read more and site link at the bottom of the second-generation reblog link back to the second blog, NOT to the original. The possibly related posts links to the reblogged post, NOT to the original. So readers, what’s your opinion of the value of this wordpress.com “like” and reblog feature?

Protect Your Intellectual Property: Develop a Strong Brand

April 26, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of  World Intellectual Property Day. Celebrations for this year’s edition of World Intellectual Property Day will revolve around the theme “Innovation – Linking the World”. During the entire month of April, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will raise IP awareness within the education sector and among small and…

Subscribers/Readers Notice

Please forgive me for being behind in publishing new posts, answering comments and leaving comments this week. I have spent most of my blogging time this week arguing with blog scraping content thieves (who have stolen entire posts from both of my blogs),  and sending DMCA complaints to their web hosts to get my content…

Copyright basics for bloggers

As the blogging phenomenon expands, copyright concerns become quite important. Technology makes it really easy to copy, modify and share information, whether we talk about text, images, audio or video. The problem is that the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of the Copyright Law, which might result in illegal and costly mistakes. As a blogger it’s important to take the steps required to protect your digital works and post a notice that you have done so to deter content theft.

Spotting a splog

Spam blogs, sometimes referred to by the neologism splogs, are artificially created weblog sites which the author uses to promote affiliated websites or to increase the search engine rankings of associated sites. The purpose of a splog can be to increase the PageRank or backlink portfolio of affiliate websites, to artificially inflate paid ad impressions…

How to copyright your digital works

Copyright Law: 12 Dos and Don’ts – Click the title link and find 12 Do’s and Dont’s that will clarify what you can and what you can not do as an online publisher. As the blogging phenomenon expands, copyright concerns become quite important. Technology makes it really easy to copy, modify and share information, whether we…

Splog Off! Dealing with content theft

Splogs, are artificially created weblog sites which the author uses to promote affiliated websites or to increase the search engine rankings of associated sites. The purpose of a splog can be to increase the PageRank or backlink portfolio of affiliate websites, to artificially inflate paid ad impressions from visitors, and/or use the blog as a…

What to do about copyright

I’d like to say a warm thank you to all those bloggers from both wordpress.com and wordpress.org who keep hitting on this forum post and coming to my blog looking for information. Update: Not all of the sites linked to in that forum post are still online. Related Post – What is copyright? If you…

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Copyright law protects original works, such as websites,…