Copyright Infringement is Alive & Well in the Blogosphere

Unfortunately, copyright infringement is alive and well in the blogosphere and I see it taking place on several blogs. I’m not talking about sploggers who infringe on copyright by scraping your RSS feed. I’m talking about bloggers who knowingly infringe on copyright.

If you intend to use someone’s copyrighted work, you must obtain that person’s written permission.

What of that sentence is hard to understand?

Yesterday I found myself in a situation where my copyrighted work  was infringed upon.

It has come to my attention that iamvista from mybloglog has made unauthorized use of my copyrighted work entitled Thursday Thirteen-Top 13 Blogging Mistakes in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. I own copyright to this work that was first published on my blog February 22nd, 2007. As this blogger neither asked for nor received permission to use my work, I have a right to request that he remove it from his blog.

Here is the thing. He is not the only one that reprinted it without my permission.

It has begun showing up on a large number of Chinese blogs without my permission. In an email one blogger commented

” Vista a Chinese blogger , he says that he know you and metion he has gotten your accpect so I give him a commet and tell he I will trace his article to my blog .that is all I know
I don’t know why you so angry even I mention this post is from your site, but I am really so sorry . ”

I have a right to be upset. Giving credit does not mean that you are not infringing on copyright or does it mean that you have permission to use that person’s work.

Why can people not understand this?

Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of someone else’s copyrighted material.

Some bloggers who reprinted the post did not link to my site at all. It does not matter that Iamvista changed a few words around and cited me. He created a post derived from my work, therefore infringing on my copyright and I have every right to be pissed off.

Before you copy anything from  my blog or any website for that matter, get permission and no I’m not the blog police.  I’m just one pissed off blogger who had her copywritten work infringed on.

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