Saturday, June 11, 2005

A Primer in Copyright Law in the Digital Age

Some people think the internet is the wild west. Not true. Here is a great primer on copyright protection as it applies to our modern age.

The take-away from the article is this passage:

"Litigation is expensive. People concerned about, say, the nuances of fair use must not become so entangled in legal details that they forget that anything generating income or interfering with another's potential income dramatically increases the chance of suit.

The most compelling questions are: (1) Is a proposed use of another's work likely to offend, and (2) Are expected benefits worth the bother and possible cost to resolve a dispute?

Why not ask? Only if the owner says "no" does the second question need to be addressed."

Sage counsel.

Here is the deal, this blog is not a hobby for me, although I do enjoy it immensely. This blog is an extension of my business. I expend a great deal of time, effort and money to locate, edit and create content for YOU, my reader. If the fruits of my work result in value to you, please give credit where credit is due.

I welcome a link to a relevant blog post on your site. If you want to copy certain content to your site, just email me! If you are respectful enough to ask, chances are really good I will give you permission. Hell, I probably want to link to your site and give YOU more traffic and publicity!

If however you chose to quote my work without an attribution link or steal a copyrighted graphic, the laws are quite clear, you are committing a felony.

Pete