Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Stealing or "Flattery" Part 3- Text

I had a long entry written about this, but I'm not going to publish that.

All I'm going to say is this:

Did you know that if something is published online in a blog, a website, etc., and it's an original piece of written work, it's considered copyrighted by the author? Even if it hasn't been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, it's considered to be copyrighted.

Did you also know that if you take text from someone else's website without permission, your ISP can take it down if the author requests them to? Most ISPs don't want to be involved with any kind of copyright lawsuits, so they're very responsive about removing offending text, and sometimes entire websites.

I know this because I've had people copy my text, and while some changed it or removed it when I requested them to, others didn't. Their ISPs did, though.

So for all you lazy plagiarists out there, start doing the work yourself and stop stealing from other people. That is all.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and http://www.acaketoremember.etsy.com/
 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com


Crafty Sugar said...

I recently had an augument/debate/words! with some people on a FB page about copyrited material,what had started the whole thing was a fan asking where she could get ides for crafts,one or more of the fans told her to just go into shops/websites or any where she could find different crafts and STEAL their ideas!

I then tried to explain that you can't steal people's ideas-especially if you are going to re-sell the product.I explained to them that even craft magazines (if you actually bother to read it!)have policies regarding any project they publish-which is clearly stated below each project that it is for your personal use only and you may not make the item for re-sale!Nobody liked what I was trying to tell them!

I've had many a run in with the owners of a shop I sell my sugar craft products to,they would over price my products so much that clients would rather photograph my things and try to have it made somewhere else than pay their high prices!I would tell them that I was selling them the finished product and not the actual design but,they would just say that they can't stop clients from photographing my work!

I was reading up on copyrite a while back ,I can't remember which site I found it on but according to this site if a client came to me asking me to create them whatever and even if I designed it from scratch once the client paid me -the design then belonged to the client,I don't understand this...how can this be?Very confusing!!!


Anonymous said...

I'm curious. What sorts of websites were copying from you, and how did you find them?

Kara said...

It was other cake websites. I've had some people email me telling me about things they saw that were the same as things on my site, and I've also done searches for my business name to see what comes up and found things. I've heard from some other bloggers that have had their text lifted from their sites, though, so it isn't just cakes.

People will never stop stealing from other people, but it's important as a business owner to keep an eye on what's out there and protect your intellectual property. It's a good idea to look around and do business-related searches to see what comes up. You can also go to the control panels that your ISP provides for your website to see where traffic is coming from, what downloads were made from your site, etc. Statcounter.com is a free service that gives you a basic record of that kind of thing, and I've heard that google analytics is good, too.

Yuma Cake! said...

I don't get it. It is sooooo flipping simple to ask permission and link to the originating source. I haven't had anyone tell me no when I asked politely and followed through with my end of the deal.

Kara said...

Well, this latest person just took the descriptions of my services and cut and pasted them. Things like delivery policies, flavor lists, etc. Pure laziness on her part, but it makes me wonder how many photos on her website are her cakes and which ones of those are stolen, too!

Diana Viera said...

I hope people are reading your post and taking it serious. It's bad when you put so much work into something you love and someone decides to take advantage of it. NOT COOL!!!

love2stich said...

not only is their website hard to read, they copied your website word for word.... at the very least you would think they would copy from someone who doesnt BLOG about these things! Love reading your blog... esp today's entry... cash wedding cake LOL classy!!!

Jamie said...

Coming back to this post because I just found an entire paragraph that was lifted from a blog entry of mine and inserted into someone else's blog, along with a couple of photographs. I finally made contact with the blog owner, and it looks like a matter of "just not knowing any better". The situation has been remedied, the person now knows how to quote and cite and ask for permission first, and all is well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this and sharing your knowledge. I just found 2 sites that have copied the text and packages from my website VERBATIM.

Kara said...

That's so aggravating! >:(