If you are a blogger, I am certain that you’ve considered copyrighting your work. And if you blog about more intellectual things, I am also certain that people have copied what you’ve written, or the ideas and concepts onto their own blogs. You may not care, because you are able to spread your message across the Internet in this way, and if the individuals mentioned you and give you credit for it, that helps spread your notoriety and popularity. That’s all good if that’s what you’re interested in.
Now then, let’s take another case in point. What if someone is stealing your work off your blog, and is then either rewriting it, or simply claiming it as their own, and putting their name on it? How would you ever know that they are doing this, after all there are hundreds of millions of blogs in the world? Should you copyright what you write? Most bloggers don’t, because they have considered the comments above, and they want to spread the word about something they believe in, something that is near and dear to their heart, perhaps a social cause – alternative energy, or something they wish to make known to the public online.
If you put a copyright symbol at the bottom of each blog post on your blog where it can be seen quite easily, this will deter probably 50 to 75% of those who might steal content from your site. But it will not deter the hardcore content thieves very often, or folks that don’t believe in copyrights anymore, as perhaps they are part of the new generation and believe all the information belongs to the world, even though you created it. These folks are less likely to give you credit, and they may be stealing you blind. In other words they are using your thoughts, your words, your concepts, and ideas and spreading them around.
If you are someone like me, you probably aren’t too offended because the reason you write is to get a message out to everyone, but if you are like me, it probably irks you when people steal your content, and fail to give you credit for it. If someone takes your content, gives you credit for it and gives you a link back to your website, you may think that is fine, and you might even send them an e-mail thanking them for it. One thing I have found is that when people steal your content and you catch them, they won’t even bother returning your e-mail and sometimes they won’t even remove it from their site.
So what is a blogger supposed to do – threaten another blogger? As you know that can start online animosity and words of war. Nevertheless the amount of copyright violation going on with blogs around the Internet is so intense, and so problematic, that it is doubtful that any copyright law or symbol will protect you whether you display it or not.
Is this simply a cost of doing business, is this the price you have to pay for getting your words out online? If it is that is rather upsetting, but it’s something you have to come to terms with when it comes to copyright law online. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this.
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