Saturday, April 17, 2010

Copyright infringement

A recent discussion on copyright infringement in a writers' group really piqued my interest in exploring the boundaries that some people cross, sometimes unwittingly, sometimes regardless of consequences or right or wrong. This is found in abundance on the Internet.

Some believe that if you copy and post someone else's work, you're showing them a huge honor.

Some believe that by doing so, you're actually helping that writer by giving them more exposure and more sales.

Some believe that if they don't profit from it, it isn't infringement.

I believe that all of these are disrespectful, untrue and very dangerous--not just to the person committing the infringement, but also to writers and others who rely on copyright laws to protect their work. Work they've slaved over. Work they've sacrificed time and often money for.

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Copyright infringement: an act of honoring or theft?

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
bestselling author & book marketing coach
http://www.cherylktardif.com

1 comment:

Maryann Miller said...

Good points, Cheryl. We had trouble over at the Blood Red Pencil Blog with folks taking a whole post and reposting it on their blog. I have posted a snippet of someone else's blog with a link back to "the rest of the story" as a way of promoting a humor writer that I enjoy a lot. But I would never use his whole post without permission. Sometimes he grants it. LOL