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#Authors #Bloggers #Readers – Be aware of Intellectual Property Theft Laws!


Blogger beware. I’ve heard several stories of stolen intellectual property already. Check out this post by Susan Toy.

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Intellectual Property Theft – a growing problem that hurts everyone in this writing business

By Susan M. Toy

Recently, I’ve become aware of the increasing amount of Intellectual Property (IP) theft that’s taking place online. It’s been happening for a long time: artists—visual, photographers, musicians and writers—seem only able to stand by and watch as what they have created is either copied and pasted elsewhere on the net without permission or no attribution at all is given for their work. Yes, there are copyright laws in place to protect us and the illegal use of our IP. But internet users seem unaware of these laws, or blatantly flout them, or truly believe that, whatever is on the Internet is free for their own personal use and by anyone who wants to copy and paste it into their status update or to their blog.

I’m going to speak specifically to the…

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34 thoughts on “#Authors #Bloggers #Readers – Be aware of Intellectual Property Theft Laws!

  1. Thievery sucks in every form. 😦


  2. Too bad there doesn’t seem to be any protection from managers stealing or taking credit for your ideas in the work place either. And my tech writing has been stolen for years…


    • This gave me pause, Teagan.
      I remember it explained to me that any work you do for the company, inventions, tech writing–anything–belong to the company. You are only a means to their profits because you work for THEM.

      Doesn’t make you feel better, I know.Maybe I misunderstood or don’t remember correctly, but I believe that’s about how it works.


  3. Thanks for this one Tess. DMCA can protect your blog at least, though other IP is more difficult.


    • I don’t understand all this yet. What about re-blogging, especially if there is no permission notice on a blog and so on and so on. Makes my head spin. Need time to sort it all out.

      I don’t often re-blog, but this was from a guest blog on The Story Reading Ape.


  4. Interesting post, Tess. Thanks. 🙂


  5. Many of my stories and poems have been published on my blog prior to being made available for sale in the Kindle store which, I guess puts me at risk of IP theft. I would be reluctant to stop publishing work online as followers should, I believe be able to see samples of my writing and its great to test the waters prior to publishing with Amazon. However posts like this certainly give cause for thought. Kevin


  6. Thanks for this. I actually had someone send something I’d written to an agent, and claim it as hers, with me the editor. I know that’s slightly different, but amounts to the same thing. Annoying thing is, the agent wanted to take it on, but then wouldn’t because of the dispute over ownership.


  7. Thanks for sharing. Everything seems to be fair game for the copy thieves these days :-/

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  8. As a blogger, I got in trouble with another blogger once because I reblogged her post in its entirety–with attribution, linkback and glowing words of praise to her efforts. She went ballistic! And I learned a lot from the experience. I now know that a reblog should only be 10% of the original piece (commonly accepted) as well as attribution/linkback/etc.

    Another time I linked back to an author’s piece, shared less than 10%–but the linkback wasn’t to the original author. It was to someone who posted from the original author. He sent me a takedown request which I immediately complied with.

    This is tricky, but I’m learning as I go. Glad you’ve discussed this topic.


    • As you know this came from Susan Toy as a guest post at The Story Reading Ape’s site.

      I’m still confused, even after all you’ve mentioned here. So, what does one do regarding re-blogging. I do it sporadically and not often, but still…?


  9. I’ve been using the photos at Flickr for what seems like forever just because of this issue. I always use just the photos in the Creative Commons and give a link to the photographer. This problem has been around since the general public has been able to be online. People think it’s okay to take without permission just because it’s so easy to do so.


  10. Thanks for the reblog Tess, this is heady stuff. I had an article of mine posted on some site on the web without my permission but it did at least credit me with a link to my blog as the original author. I didn’t do anything about it for that reason but I was never asked if it was okay. I have to get my head around all this about what to share and not to share, especially with writing memoir. I don’t post anything on my blog about my book though to be safe. Glad now I haven’t… :/

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  11. A very important post Tess. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve shred it around as well. Isn’t that a marvelous site, The Reading Ape? 🙂


  12. Tess. This was a really good discussion. Thank you for reblogging the original post. I realized early on that cartoons were going to be a major part of my blog so I bit the bullet and purchased a membership in a political cartoon distribution network which gives me permission to use their cartoons if noted properly. It has been worth every penny. I also write and ask cartoonists for their permission if they are not in my network. I do use memes from Google every once and a while and make sure I attribute ownership to the meme center from which it originates if it hasn’t already been watermarked on the image. Sometimes it takes hours to track down the owners.

    I appreciate this information, however, because it is going to make me extra cautious. I worry about the stories I write being lifted, but what am I going to do? I’ll have to take my chances. Take care, and have a great Christmas!


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