Copyright Issues on the Web & Intellectual Property
Pros and Cons of Copyright
Many content authors assume that they should copyright all their work. But is that really the case? There are some valid reasons for not copyrighting your content.
What copyright questions do you have - Readers submit their copyright…
There are lots of questions surrounding copyright and the Web. What questions do you have about copyright?
If something doesn't have a copyright notice, can it be copied?
Just because something doesn't have a copyright notice doesn't mean that it's not protected by copyright.
I want to build a site like ____, would that violate their copyright?
Sometimes the distinction between what can be copyrighted and what can't seems blurry. But it is clear that you cannot copyright an idea. It's only how the idea is actualized that is copyrightable.
Share Your Content - With Copyright - Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a great way to share your artwork, photos, writing, or other works protected by copyright. You don't lose the copyright when you use Creative Commons, you are simply providing a way for others to use and share your work while providing you credit. It's like open source for things other than software.
Are Web Designs and HTML protected by copyright?
Web designers and developers work hard to create their Web pages, and it can be very infuriating to spend days or weeks on a design only to find it being used on some other site a few months later. HTML, CSS and the designs they create are protected by copyright.
Copyright on the Web
Just because something is on the Web doesn't make it legal to copy it and put it on your own Web page. By Jennifer Kyrnin, HTML/XML Guide.
How to Fight Copyright Violations - Get Your Content Off Other Sites
Fighting copyright theft can be frustrating - if the site owner doesn't have contact information or refuses to remove the content, it can seem like there's nothing you can do. But you often have more recourse than just one simple request. This step-by-step tutorial will take you through the process of fighting copyright theft, from simple...
Free Content Might be Stolen - Don't Violate Copyright Unintentionally
There are a lot of reprint sites available on the Web, but you should be aware that free can sometimes come with a hidden price - especially if the site is a reprinter that violates copyright. Even if you have added the content completely innocently, if you are hosting plagiarized content, you could be held liable. Always check the sources of your free content - and beware of reprint sites.
Why People Plagiarize Web Page Content
Co-authored by: Elizabeth Weintraub About.com Guide to Home Buying and Selling
Plagiarism and copyright violation is rampant on the Internet, but often it's because the person copying the photo or text doesn't realize that they are breaking the law. Have you ever used one of these excuses to explain why you're copying content that someone else wrote?
Blogger Copyright Infringement Letter - AdSense Copyright Infringement Letter
A copy of a letter you can send to Google to fight copyright infringements on Blogger.
Photographer's Rights Overview - About Photography
Many Web designers are also photographers or want to use their photography online. Understanding what you can photograph and where you can publish it (or where you can't) is critical to putting up your photos on the Web.
Are You Protected by Copyright? - About Animation
You spend a lot of time on your designs and graphics, but are you protected if someone tries to steal them from you? The About Animation Guide covers copyright from the standpoint of creating animations, but it's still applicable to any creative works.
Bloggers Beware: Debunking Nine Copyright Myths of the Online World
There are many reasons people violate copyright on Web pages and blogs. Most of the time, they think they aren't actually violating the law. But you should be aware of these myths - posted on the LLRX (a law and technology resource for legal professionals). Don't be a victim of one of these myths.
Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search
All you do is put in the URL of the page you want checked and Copyscape will scan the Web to see if people are copying your site. It catches both legitimate and illegitimate copies, but it does give you a good sense of who is using your content and RSS feeds.
If you have a Web site or blog that you post original content on, it is copyrighted. But sometimes it can be very difficult to protect and collect when someone wants to use your work. Licensa makes it easy for you to set a license, mark your fees, and they even process requests for you.
What Would You Do?
The author of this article discovered that his work had been published in a book without his knowledge or consent. Plagiarism is frustrating when it's just one Web page stealing from another, but what do you do when it's been published in a book?
WWW FAQs: Is personal use fair use?
Fair use does not mean whatever you think might be fair to you.
How to Show Dates in Google to Fight Copyright Infringement
One common tactic that some less scrupulous website owners will use when asked to remove copyrighted material is to demand that you prove that you wrote the content. This may seem like a difficult task, but if your website is spidered by Google, there is something you can do that makes it slightly easier - view the date that Google first indexed...
Legal Side of RSS Feeds – RSS Copyright
What is the legal side of RSS feeds and how do copyright fit in. A discussion of the legal issues behind RSS feeds and how to protect your content.
Copyright Meta Tag
Learn more about the copyright meta tag. When should you use the copyright meta tag. How the copyright meta tag is used.