Consider me Copy Protected

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Does not mean public domain

Michael Hyatt writes,

It’s inevitable. If you are successful as a blogger, people are going to steal your content. You’ll wake up one morning to a Google Alert, notifying you that your name was mentioned on another blog….

This sorta happened to me a few days ago. Via a pingback, I discovered that a ‘blogger’, and I use that term lightly, was reposting lots of my stuff and others. Not only that, he had attempted to make it look like I was blogging at his blog. I was not happy. I don’t mind reposting, but what I do mind was the unethical way in which this ‘blogger’ did so. Not only that, he did it on several other of his ‘blogs’. I asked him to stop it and to remove my posts from his ‘blog’. He did it several more times. I turned to demanding. Now, he has left several derogatory comments on my blog, and has now sent me emails essentially tell me that anything which goes out on an RSS feed is public domain.

Tell you what, bub, try that with the AP…

In an twitter conversation, Thomas Nelson CEO tweeted a link to the following blog post of his:

….First of all, breathe. This is not the end of the world. As a writer, your biggest problem is obscurity not piracy. The very fact that someone thought enough of your work to re-post it on their own blog means they value it. You should first of all take it as a compliment.

Now let me suggest that there are eight ways you can protect your intellectual property online. If you follow these steps, they will dramatically reduce the chances of your content being stolen. They will also provide a strategy for dealing with it when it happens.

He lists several valuable and viable options which I would recommend you follow. I know that I am.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

11 thoughts on “Consider me Copy Protected

  1. I put up a Copyright page on my blog. Because I use my blog as a sounding board and post up my assignments / research etc… it was important for me to do so.

    This then allows others to use my ideas and reference them if they need to..

    1. Craig, it has gotten pretty serious. He has, on email and the such, gone down hill quickly. His three blogs all have completely copied others. People like that are doing it for one reason – to make money.

  2. Yes..I understand your frustration. Has he deleted the articles you asked him to? Perhaps you can go to his blog provider and make a complaint; unless he has his own website.

    1. I’ve checked, as best I can, his three blogs that he was using to copy this site. He has since removed them, but in emails he has stated that he feels that he can do what he wants to and might continue to do so again. I did mention that I would contact his service provider if I need too.

      This is a shame, really. I don’t mind linking too and the such, but my problem was was the way he did it. Then when I first asked him to remove it, he ignore all of the complaints. It wasn’t until that I demanded it that he finally did so. Finally…

      1. There are quite a few of these sham blogs on the internet. They scrape data from legit blogs and then use it to generate hits from people trying to get info. Off to the side, there are links, etc. Your blog posts are used as lures to get people there for the advertising. It’s very annoying when you’re searching for something and the blog post has obviously been stolen from elsewhere–and you can’t figure out where.

        Another thing that you can do, which is a pain and time consuming, but will stop casual thievery is to convert your blog post into a jpeg and post the picture. Microsoft PowerPoint (but not Word) 2007 and 2010 lets you save a slide as a jpeg (or other graphic formats, for that matter). As I said, that’s really a last resort thing, but it is an option open to you.

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