Thank you for the Interesting and informative blog! I sense a little frustration and anger here.
Education is Key. & $30,000 is a lot of money.
It will be REMEMBERED!
Bloggers better know the rules before we post anything.
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS!
COPYRIGHT TIME. Several posts in the past few days about copyright and some pretty risky advice contained in some, made me think that it's time to do the copyright thing again.
I'm not an attorney. These posts reflect my experience in pursing copyright violators, folks who copy and past content created and published by me from my web pages, Google images, etc. I have over 100 Copyright Certificates and pursue each and every violator for damages.
$30,000 JUDGMENT RECEIVED. I received a note from my attorney's office last week that a Default Judgment against a copyright defendant was entered in my favor for $30,000 (this isn't the first one). Copyright infringement can be expensive if you copy and paste content from a cantankerous old goat who has a very good (expensive) attorney with some fire in his belly.
Enjoy (that is a joke).
copyright: DON'T CONFUSE GOOGLE WITH COPYRIGHT LAW. WHAT 20% RULE?? "DANGER, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!" - 09/12/10 08:18 AM
DON'T CONFUSE GOOGLE WITH COPYRIGHT LAW. WHAT 20% RULE?? "DANGER, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!"
Inspired by Linda Lohman's FEATURED article of Sept. 11 @ 3:46 p.m. about Google and ActiveRain posting (no link or reBlog because it's Members Only), I was left with more questions than answers.
Linda relates an experience at a barcamp wherein a ... (122 comments)
copyright: ACTIVERAIN, THE INTERNET, REAL ESTATE. . . . TAKE ME BACK. - 08/18/10 07:38 AM
WAY BACK TO 1996? You bet and it's been a blast from day one in August 2006 to today in August 2010.
ROBERT SWETZwrites a lovely post about my first post on ActiveRain. Sorry, can't re-blog it because it's MEMBERS ONLY. Do drop by Robert Swetz's blog.
Copyright and Real Estate Web Sites, ... (33 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT. WHAT IS "REASONABLE EXPECTATION"? OR, SHOULD WE HAVE NO "REASONABLE EXPECTIONS". - 08/15/10 07:07 AM
ANOTHER ADVENTURE IN COPYRIGHT CONVERSATION!
William Gallahue writes about copyright with advice to folks who receive notices of copyright infringement, the dreaded Cease and Desist letter, from an attorney representing the owner of a copyright.
William proposes that a person has a reasonable expectation that content, template, image or photo purchased, that the ... (12 comments)
copyright: I VIOLATED YOUR COPYRIGHT AND USED YOUR MAPS ON MY WEB SITE. YOU CAUGHT ME AND MADE ME PAY. SHAME ON YOU, LENN! - 06/12/10 08:19 PM
SOMETIMES EVENTS SIMPLY DEFY DESCRIPTION!
At RainCamp in DC last Wednesday, while having a lovely conversation with a friendly agent I've known "remotely" from ActiveRain for a few years, we were interrupted by a person who introduced himself to me.
I held out my hand to give him a friendly hand ... (72 comments)
copyright: Sitting by the side of the road, drooling. - 05/25/10 06:27 PM
YEAH, YEAH, MORE COPYRIGHT "STUFF" FROM LENN by way of ALAN MAY.
Actually, this little jewel is from Alan May and it's priceless. This is also pithy and I do love pithy.
For the record, my attorney just sent my Affidavit to "the Judge" on one of my copyright actions against a real ... (20 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT IS NOT JUST FOR THE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS OR PHOTOGRAPHERS. YOUR WEB SITE HAS VALUE. YOU CAN PROTECT IT. - 05/23/10 07:11 AM
COPYRIGHT IS NOT JUST FOR THE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS OR PHOTOGRAPHERS. YOUR WEB SITE HAS VALUE. YOU CAN PROTECT IT.
Inspired by C Tann-Starr who writes about the electronic copyright registration process,
I am not an expert. I am not an attorney and the below is not intended as legal advice. The ... (32 comments)
copyright: Your Local MLS. Friend or Foe? - 05/22/10 06:28 AM
MRIS is, IMO, a great MLS system.
There is a big difference between owning a listing, which MRIS does not, and owning the published listing reportcontained in the MRIS display.
There is a big difference between owning a copyright of a photo and the limited copyright that brokers give to MRIS when ... (27 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT ALERT!. . . POSTING COPIES OF E-MAIL??? . . . DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! . . . THAT MAY VIOLATE THE WRITER'S COPYRIGHT. - 05/14/10 08:24 AM
POSTING COPIES OF E-MAIL??? DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!!! YOU MAY VIOLATE THE WRITER'S COPYRIGHT.
NOTICE: I'm not an attorney and I do not give legal advice about copyright or anything else.
However, I have about 5 years of experience in copyright matters through the adventure of collecting damages ... (82 comments)
copyright: "CAN'T BE COPYRIGHTED"????? OH, HOW WRONG YOU ARE! . . . . - 04/15/10 06:04 AM
"CAN'T BE COPYRIGHTED"????? OH, HOW WRONG YOU ARE! . . . .
THANKS TO A WONDERFUL ACTIVERAIN FRIEND who alerted me about an image on another member's blog post as one of the images in my collection. ALL images in my collection are mine, created by me, owned by me and copyright law protected by me.
... (35 comments)
copyright: SIGNS OF A SERIAL PLAGIARIZER - ALERT ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS - FOLKS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY APPEAR TO BE. - 03/30/10 06:22 AM
ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER!
NOTICE to copyright thieves: IF YOU COPY AND PASTE content lifted from another ActiveRain member's content, whether the content was found on ActiveRain or on their web site, YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE. We'll track you down and, even if you don't return phone ... (46 comments)
copyright: A COPYRIGHT MYSTERY. . . . THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCISSORS. . . A COPYRIGHT WARNING! - 03/13/10 05:46 AM
A COPYRIGHT MYSTERY. . . . THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCISSORS
ANOTHER IN A CONTINUING SERIES OF COPYRIGHT WARNINGS!
IS IT SELECTIVE READING?
ActiveRain members who believe that they can interpret copyright warnings to suit their needs may be disappointed when they are served with a COMPLAINT FOR CEASE AND DESIST ... (40 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT MADE SIMPLE FOR ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS - 03/03/10 05:37 PM
WHAT DOES COPYRIGHT MEAN TO ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS?
Disclaimer: Lenn Harley is not an attorney. The statements below represent my opinion based on the experience gained through registration of over 100 copyrights and litigation of copyright infringements. For authority, see the U.S. Copyright Office web site.
USE OF CONTENT ON THE MEMBERS' ... (75 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT THIEVES CAN RUN and THEY CAN HIDE, BUT THEY WILL NOT GET AWAY! - 02/13/10 05:05 AM
COPYRIGHT THIEVES CAN RUN and THEY CAN HIDE, BUT THEY WILL NOT GET AWAY!
WHILE REVIEWING WEB SITES ADVERTISING REAL ESTATE SERVICES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, a few months ago, I discovered that a real estate agent was using my content for most if the main page of his web site. I got ... (77 comments)
copyright: WARNING! . . . . IF YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST COPY AND PASTE CONTENT THAT YOU DIDN'T WRITE TO YOUR ACTIVERAIN BLOG, THINK AGAIN. . . . ACTIVERAIN IS WATCHING YOU! . . . YES, YOU! - 02/05/10 08:45 AM
ACTIVERAIN IS WATCHING YOU!. . . . YES, YOU!. . . . IF YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST COPY AND PASTE CONTENT THAT YOU DIDN'T WRITE TO YOUR ACTIVERAIN BLOG, THINK AGAIN. . . . YOU CAN'T HIDE!
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN. The incidence of ActiveRain posts that contain plagiarized content is still ... (132 comments)
copyright: PLAGIARISM OR COPYRIGHT VIOLATION??? WHAT'S IN A WORD? - 10/22/09 05:47 AM
PLAGIARISM OR COPYRIGHT VIOLATION??? WHAT'S IN A WORD?
Sally Cheeseman's article HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PLAGIARISER? is MUST reading for ActiveRain members.
Sally's post is timely notice to ActiveRain members who steal or infringe on the literary or artistic creations of others. However, I have long felt that ... (19 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS NOT A FORM OF FLATTERY! - 05/19/09 05:29 AM
Inspired by a thoughtful post by Jacob Clayton, it's time for an attitude change about copyright infringement.
Folks who have had their copyright protected content (any original writing, image, photo, video, etc.) copied and published by another person, usually have pretty typical reactions:
Sick to the stomach!
WE ARE NOT FLATTERED! Are ... (54 comments)
copyright: ALERT! HOW TO AVOID BECOMING INFECTED WITH "THE RIGHT CLICK SYNDROME". - 04/12/09 09:28 AM
WHAT' IS "THE RIGHT CLICK SYNDROME"?
Is it contagious? How do I know if I have been infected? How do others know if I'm infected? How long does it last? What can I do to recover? Are there any lasting effects? Will others know I'm infected? WHAT IS "THE RIGHT CLICK SYNDROME"? The right ... (89 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT RAMBLINGS BY REQUEST. Subtitle, WRITE THE DAMN THING YOURSELF! - 02/09/09 08:00 AM
* * * * HARD CORE COPYRIGHT TALK * * * *
Karen Monsour requested that I respond to her post Is this (Copyright© 2009 Karen L. Monsour, All Rights Reserved.) necessary at the end of my AR blog?
SO. . . . . . I'm no expert and don't give ... (91 comments)
copyright: PLEASE DON'T PUT COPYRIGHT PROTECTED CARTOONS IN COMMENTS ON MY BLOG. - 02/02/09 05:29 PM
I GOT A NICE COMMENT ON ONE OF MY POSTS TODAY that included a large cartoon.
The cartoon was clearly a professionally produced and syndicated one.
If the cartoon has been purchased for republish, there was no notice.
If the cartoon has been purchased for any use, there was no notice.
If ... (26 comments)
copyright: IF YOU'VE BEEN VIOLATED BY A COPYRIGHT THIEF, DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT! - 11/26/08 03:15 PM
This post inspired by Tracy Santrock's excellent post describing her experience discovering that her content had been stolen and used by a competitor. I could surely identify with her feelings of shock, disappointment and finally outrage. I have felt those same emotions many times, each time I discover one of my location ... (39 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT. I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HATE ME NOW! - 11/06/08 09:53 AM
CAN or SHOULD YOU USE VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE.COM?
FROM THE YOUTUBE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES:
Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don't upload videos you didn't make, . . . . More. . . . .
Copyright Guideline. When you create something ... (77 comments)
copyright: DON'T BE TRICKED BY WIKIPEDIA! Just because you believe it is in the "Public Domain" doesn't mean that it is. Even when someone says it is. - 09/11/08 02:30 PM
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE LAW.
What is copyright?Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. More . . .
(c) Statutory ... (40 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DAMAGES SETTLED. - 08/27/08 07:14 PM
The recent posts about Copyright by Carole Provenzale last week was very timely. At the time I read the post, I had three copyright infringement cases going. One just settled Monday of this week.
The only way to stop copyright violators is to make them pay.
The violator in the case ... (42 comments)
copyright: HOW TO "STAKE YOURSELF OUT" AND WAIT FOR THE COPYRIGHT STAMPEDE - 07/02/08 12:28 PM
IT'S COPYRIGHT TIME AGAIN. This post inspired by Robert Lockhard, Bloggers beware! Copyright battle might be coming.
Fair Use? Or, an invitation to a Cease and Desist Notice and Demand for Damages?
From Title 17 of the U.S. Code: Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the ... (68 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT WARNING: DON'T LET A $1,000 DAMAGE DEMAND TURN INTO A $15,000 SETTLEMENT! - 06/04/08 12:00 PM
GUIDE FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS WITH WEB SITES.
RULE #1. Don't use Lenn's maps on your web page.
RULE #2. When you are contacted by the map owner, don't ignore them.
RULE #3. When you are noticed of a settlement offer of $1,000, take it.
RULE #4. When you ... (106 comments)
copyright: PLAGIARISM, COPYRIGHT AND GOOGLE JUICE - 12/13/07 08:32 AM
IGNORANCE OF THE COPYRIGHT LAW IS NO EXCUSE. ANYWAY, WE DON'T BUY IT. * * * * DANGER: HARD CORE COPYRIGHT TALK AHEAD * * * * THINGS LEARNED IN 7TH GRADE ENGLISH CLASSMrs. Kennedy, my 7th Grade English Teacher, was known for her tough grading, strict class discipline and heavy homework assignments. ... (68 comments)
copyright: MY FIRST ACTIVE RAIN POST WAS ABOUT - YES! COPYRIGHT - 10/13/07 08:41 AM
"The more things change, the more they stay the same."Yesterday, I filed my tax return for 2006. Included as income for 2006 was $48,000 for money received for damages for copyright infringement. This has been the average amount collected for the past 4 years. In the future, statutory damages should be ... (20 comments)
copyright: JURY FINDS FOR MUSIC COMPANY IN COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT - October 5, 2007 - 10/08/07 06:07 PM
THE JUST HAS SPOKEN in a landmark copyright lawsuit.
Duluth, Minn. (AHN) - A Minnesota mother of two must pay $222,000 to several record publishers after a jury Thursday here found her guilty of illegally sharing 24 songs.
Things just got a lot hotter for folks who believe that they can ... (10 comments)
copyright: COURT SAYS MLS IS A FORUM FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS - 08/22/07 06:53 AM
MUST READ - MLS IS for BROKERS TO SHARE INFORMATION - IT IS NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION[Decision]
Filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Florida June 21, 2007Appeals from the United States District Courtfor the Southern District of FloridaBUC Int�l Corp. v. Int�l Yacht Council Ltd. "The vessel listings in the BUCNET database ... (32 comments)
copyright: IMAGES FOUND ON ACTIVE RAIN MEMBER'S POSTS ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN - UPDATE - 08/13/07 07:10 AM
UPDATE: I just returned from delivering a check for a buyer and find that the person who put my image on her blog profile and post has removed them. That's the good news. The bad news is that she wants me to send her a link where it says it is ... (42 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT WARNING: A SNIPPET IS NOT 100 WORDS. - 08/09/07 08:56 AM
WHAT'S A SNIPPET?Recent articles with information about the latest hot topic, mortgages and will anyone every get one again,have led to some powerful reading and some very powerful writing. Unfortunately, it has also led to some,what I believe are (1) copyright violations, and (2) borderline duplicate content. When researching a topic ... (23 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT REVISITED, OR IS IT RECYCLED. Correcting Misinformation. - 07/14/07 01:48 PM
ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS WHO COMMENT ON COPYRIGHT SHOULD FIRST READ THE OFFICIAL COPYRIGHT OFFICE WEB SITE.
Checking my Active Rain messages this morning showed a comment made just yesterday about an article I posted about COPYRIGHT on August 13, 2006. The comment was so wrong, wrong, wrong.
"You make a great caase for copyrighted material. But ... (60 comments)
copyright: THE COST OF COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION - UP 50% - 07/05/07 05:48 PM
I just got a collection of maps together to prepare Copyright registrations and find that since the last time I registered a collection of maps, which was early 2006, The cost has increased from $30 each to $45 each. Ouch. The Copyright office considered raising the cost of Copyright for ... (23 comments)
copyright: YOU CANNOT "REPRINT" ON ACTIVE RAIN. IT IS COPYRGHT INFRINGEMENT - 06/18/07 08:38 AM
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 ... (118 comments)
copyright: IF ONE GETS CAUGHT STEALING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, SOMETIMES IT'S BEST TO PAY UP QUICKLY - 06/02/07 09:09 PM
WHAT MAKES FOLKS THINK THAT THEY CAN JUST "TAKE" CONTENT OR IMAGES FROM OUR WEB SITES??? NOTICE to anyone on the web who might consider taking one of my images to use on their web site - DON'T NOTICE to anyone on the web who might consider taking content from any ... (24 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT ENFORCEMENT REVISITED with AN INTERESTING ANGLE - 03/08/07 09:19 AM
My latest adventure in copyright protection enforcement has taken a very interesting turn. A local agent recently got caught with one of my maps on her web site. This is a local agent of a national company. The agent and her broker are presenting a new problem. While my map is no longer on ... (65 comments)
copyright: JUST BECAUSE IT'S ON YAHOO OR GOOGLE DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN USE IT - 12/30/06 07:15 AM
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON * DANGER, WILL ROBINSON * DANGER, WILL ROBINSON
WILL FOLKS, PLEASE, PLEASE, GET THE MESSAGE - JUST BECAUSE YOU SEE SOMETHING ON YAHOO, GOOGLE OR ANY OTHER PLACE ON THE INTERNET, DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU CAN JUST TAKE IT AND USE IT. IF YOU DIDN'T CREATE IT, MAKE IT, WRITE ... (18 comments)
copyright: IMAGES, PHOTOS AND ICONS - 12/08/06 04:24 PM
John Hruska complimented my Door Mat image and mistook it for "Clip Art". I don't use Clip Art because I have a massive collection of photos and graphic images. Remember the "Crab Images"?
I have had photos and graphics stored on my hard drives, CDs and numberous Floppies for years. I ... (2 comments)
copyright: A SOLDIER IN THE COPYRIGHT BATTLE - 11/12/06 03:12 PM
KRISTAL, YOU JUST MADE MY DAY ! ! ! !
I just read a helpful post by Jim Lee about tracking copyright violators through Google search. One of the comments was from Kristal Kraft who posted that she is pursuing copyright violators.
Thank you Kristal. It's been lonely out here. I know that ... (32 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT CONFUSION III and CRAB IMAGES - 11/06/06 03:53 PM
Many questions from the first copyright blog has kept this string going. This should be the last. I'll try to answer them below, but remember, I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY OR COPYRIGHT EXPERT. I'm a real estate broker who has had some experience protecting my copyrights and collecting damages from folks ... (6 comments)
copyright: COPYRIGHT CONFUSION - FOLLOW UP - 11/05/06 04:19 PM
<!--StartFragment -->I got some questions about my last blog about copyright. NO, you cannot copy articles and use them as long as you credit the writer (copyright owner).This is the part of the copyright law that permits publishers, critics, etc. to use a short except or snippit when giving a review ... (4 comments)
copyright: IS THERE REALLY COPYRIGHT CONFUSION? - 11/05/06 10:21 AM
WHAT IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED?
There has been some blogging about copyright this week, so, although I AM NO COPYRIGHT EXPERT, I have some experience in the matter.
If folks have any confusion about copyright, don't be concerned about what you don't know. Just think about what you DO know. A person may not know if a ... (22 comments)
copyright: Copyright and Real Estate Web Sites, My Experience - 08/13/06 06:36 PM
Copyright has been an abiding interest since I first discovered a number of maps copyright protected by me on another agent's web site. In fact, 13 unique maps from my web page were boldly used on another agent's web page - without my knowledge or permission.
What made the discovery so ... (59 comments)
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