YOU CANNOT "REPRINT" ON ACTIVE RAIN. IT IS COPYRGHT INFRINGEMENT

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Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT COPYRIGHT, INFRINGEMENT, ACTIVE RAIN POSTS, ATTRIBUTION, LINKS AND SNIPPETS.   

It appears that a RAINER got a post deleted because 99% of the post was not written by the member. 

This is a gray area to many, but copyright is really simple.  The creator or writer of an article is the ONLY person who has the right to any benefit derived from publication or distribution of an article, movie or book.  Unless you have purchased and paid for the right to publish or distribute content written by someone else, you do not have permission to publish that material as content on your web site or blog post. 

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???   AN ACTIVE RAIN POST GIVES BENEFITS.  THE BENEFITS GO TO THE ACTIVE RAIN MEMBER THAT PUBLISHED THE CONTENT ON THEIR BLOG. 

IF YOU WROTE THE ARTICLE, you are the author and own the copyright on that content.  You can print and distribute AND you can PUBLISH the content. 

IF YOU DIDN'T WRITE THE ARTICLE, you do not own the content and cannot publish it - EVEN WITH ATTRIBUTION.

If you ask an author for permission to "REPRINT" and receive that permission, you may PRINT the article and distribute, perhaps in mailings or hand-outs in a relocation package.  The author's name will be on the article.  You are merely distributing the article and will benefit only by the limited number of copies distributed.  the author benefits by having their writing distributed. 

PERMISSION TO REPRINT IS NOT PERMISSION TO PUBLISH

By publishing an article written by someone else, you used the writing of another as bait to YOUR web site because there is a link on your post to your profile which has a link to your web site.  This may not have been intended, but the benefit is real.  Content is content and you can't use content created/written by another for your own benefit.  The synergy of the Internet is complicated, but ANY content contains keywords, keyword phrases and they are SEARCH ENGINE BAIT.  Content on Active Rain that is published also has a link back to the blogger's profile and the profile may have a link to the blogger's web site or sites. 

LINKS FROM AN ACTIVE RAIN POST HAVE INTERNET SYNERGY

 

Internet LinksThe original Active Rain post links to your Active Rain Profile

Your Active Rain Profile links to any "LINKS" you have added to your profile. 

Your Active Rain post links to any outgoing links to web page(s) you include in the post. 

Your web sites offer your services to the public and include your e-mail, contact information, name, affiliations.

Web links or blogrolls link to other pages on the Internet.

 

 

USE SNIPPETS AND LINK - THAT'S "FAIR USE"

The proper way to get the information to the reader would have been to publish an "introduction" or "snippet", three or four lines of the original material and then LINK to the article on the author's web site.  The "Fair Use" exclusion under copyright law was intended for reviewers of original material, critics of books, movies, etc. to use "SNIPPETS"or short excerpts of original material and then publish the review of the original, not the original.  When one publishes an entire article, they have violated the copyright of the author, even if you give attribution and include the author's name in the article.

Use Snippets and then LINK.  LINKS make the Internet go round and round. 

We don't even have to get into duplicate content.  That's another post. 

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Rainmaker
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DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
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Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.

Every once in awhile I will run across a post that I either read before some where elso or is written so good I know it had to be copied.

June 19, 2008 11:51 AM
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Missy Caulk
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Lenn, this came out in the newsletter this AM so I looked and said, I don't remember this article on snippets, then I read all the comments and about 3/4 way down I see Caleb commenting and think, oh good, Caleb is back. Then I look at the year and go on no it was done in June 2007, not June 2008.

Worth repeating, obviously....

June 20, 2008 05:28 AM
Anonymous
Mona LaCovey RE/MAX Experts Annapolis, Md.

Thank you for this very valuable information!

June 24, 2008 02:19 PM
Rainmaker
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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My comment on this topic is late is coming.  This is two years after the fact, but we are talking about a timeless topic here.  There is no excuse for plagiarism.  There is an accepted format to cite other people's work.  The internet, blogging, whatever the forum, should not change this.  What I have heard, is that there are those who would try to copyright words, with the intention of cashing in on it.  Let's take for example the case of McDonald filing a lawsuit against a company in Singapore, I believe it was, for infringement on its trade name.  The court ruled against McDonald, because it did not believe that there was any evidense of infringement.  The company was selleng some kind of chicken cuisine.  As it relates to the writings of an individual, if it's in the public domain one should be able to cite it without any problem.

November 08, 2009 08:09 PM
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Lenn Harley
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C. Lloyd.  I look forward to your comment.  That said. , , , ,

Of course, there are perfectly legal ways to "cite" published works.  However, far too many simply "copy and paste" parts or all of published works that are copyright protected property of others without using the legal "fair use" standard.  Their intent is for readers to believe that they are the originators of the content that they stole.

November 09, 2009 04:39 AM
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