Hey! Donâ€™t Copy That, Itâ€™s Mine!
Yesterday several of us had a whole big discussion about people downloading photos for their own use. I just read a post from AngelSharum about Fair Use Laws. While copyright laws can be confusing, there is no confusion about something belonging to you or not. If it’s not yours, you can’t just take it.
It happens all the time to writers. The weirdest one I ever had stolen was an article I wrote about my neighbor’s disabled dog. I found it on this woman’s blog and she claimed to be the writer. I immediately commented on it, stating that I was the actual writer of that article and to please remove it. Of course comments were moderated so no one ever got to see it but the plagiarizer
Well, I told my neighbor about it and gave him the link. He left her a comment stating that it was a very nice article, except she did not write it. He even stated that he was the neighbor in the article and it was his dog being talked about. He told her she was a thief and it was too bad she had to steal…and ended with, “Here’s a thought…try writing your own stuff instead of stealing.”
She took my article down in a hurry. When you write or post photos on the internet, you run the risk of someone stealing your work. I use the word stealing because that’s exactly what it is. The second you create something, be it a photograph or a written article, it is copyrighted to you.
You wouldn’t sit by and watch someone steal your car, right? And you certainly wouldn’t just get in someone’s car and drive off just because you liked it, or needed it, right? It is really the same thing on the internet. Guard your work and don’t take someone else’s. It’s as simple as that.
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