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Monday, September 8, 2014

Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Video — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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It’s called content theft! Check to see if you’ve had content stolen from your Website.

Rendered white copyright symbol on white backgroundI did, and found that someone had plagiarized one of my articles and sent it to a Website that published it under her own name. It was copied word-for-word. After I contacted the Website owner, he gladly change the author’s name to mine and posted a brief bio and link to my Website.

Copyscape is the world’s leading plagiarism checker. Copyscape isn’t foolproof; it may miss text that has not yet been indexed by Google, but it’s a good place to begin.

Go to www.Copyscape.com – Copyscape empowers you to defend your site against the threats of online plagiarism. Copyscape provides a free service that allows you to easily search for plagiarism and identify instances of content theft.

Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you. Their “Resource Center” offers links to guidelines regarding Internet plagiarism. Simply type in the address of your original Web page, and Copyscape does the rest.

In defending your rights online against plagiarists, it’s important to be both vigilant and proactive. These four easy steps should help protect your content from being stolen (Source: Copyscape):

1. Place a plagiarism warning banner on each of your pages to deter plagiarists from stealing your work.
2. Include copyright notices on each of your pages to assert ownership over your content (© is © in HTML).
3. Use the automatic Copysentry service to detect and identify illegal copies of your content as they appear.
4. If your content has been copied without permission, take immediate steps to have it removed.

It’s a FREE service AND they also have a fee-paid monthly service called “Copysentry” which automatically monitors the web for copies of your pages, e-mailing you as soon as they appear.

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Stuff You Need to Know About Copyrights

Filed under: Author Tips,Copyright — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Copyright laws are complex. If you want to copyright what you are writing, use this page as a helpful resource for all things copyright!

You will need the following information and forms before you send your book to the printer! Remember to allow plenty of time to receive and send back the required forms. Ideally, you will want to plan to begin this process while you are writing the book, otherwise there could be a gigantic time lag.

CopyrightCopyright Information ~ For NEW copyright fees (effective May 1, 2014) click here!

To get answers to specific questions about copyright, call the Copyright Public Information Office at: 202 707-9100 (Forms Hotline). Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery of forms.

Library of Congress
Copyright Office
Register of Copyrights
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20559-6000

The best idea would be to download the forms from http://www.copyright.gov/ — the site also includes information on filling out the forms, general copyright information and links to other websites related to copyright issues.

Larry’s NOTE: I am suggesting that you send for the copyright forms before you need them. Actual registered copyright can only be obtained after the book has been published. Complete instructions come with the form. Information obtained from the other contacts below will need to be published in your book.

Click here to read an excellent article on copyright infringement on the Web.

Here are some important things to know about copyright law, presented in “Writer’s Market 2000:”

Copyright protects your writing, unequivocally recognizes you (its creator) as its owner, and grants you all the rights, benefits and privileges that come with ownership. The moment you finish a piece of writing — whether it is a short story, article, novel or poem — the law recognizes that only you can decide how it is to be used.

Copyright law gives you the right to make and distribute copies of your written works, the right to prepare derivative works (dramatizations, translations, musical arrangements, etc. — any work based on the original) and the right to perform or publicly display your work. With very few exceptions, anything you write today will enjoy copyright protection for your lifetime plus 70 years. Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Titles, ideas and facts can NOT be copyrighted.

Some people are under the mistaken impression that copyright is something they have to send away for, and that their writing is not properly protected until they have “received” their copyright from the government. The fact is, you don’t have to register your work with the Copyright Office in order for your work to be copyrighted; any piece of writing is copyrighted the moment it is put to paper.

RECOMMENDED: Registration of your work does, however, offer some additional protection (specifically, the possibility of recovering punitive damages in an infringement suit) as well as legal proof of the date of copyright.

Registration is a matter of filling out an application form (for writers, that’s generally Form TX) and sending the completed form, a nonreturnable copy of the work in question and a check for fee to the address above.

Larry’s NOTE: If you choose not to register your book with the copyright office, I recommend that you send a copy of your book or manuscript to yourself by registered mail and let it remain unopened in your file. This will add to your credibility as to when the work was completed in the event you are ever involved in an infringement suit.

More Copyright Info: The Copyright Website

Larry’s Note: I received a note from Ms. Brooke Pierce, a teacher, who often uses this page in her business classes. One of her students, Matty, found another interesting site that is a great addition to this page. It’s called, “The Copyright Information Guide.” Thanks, Matty.

Larry’s NOTE: I received a note from Ms. Kristen McNeill, a teacher, who often uses this page in her classes. One of her students, Ben, found another interesting site that is a great addition to this page. It’s called, “Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights.” Thanks, Ben.

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained ~ Brad Templeton answers common myths about copyright seen on the Internet. This article also covers issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. ~ Great info about Copyright vs. Public Domain. A downloadable PDF Version is available.

ChillingEffects.org – Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. Lawyers from the law schools at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of San Francisco and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have collaborated on establishing a clearing house for copyright law.

One last thought: If you will be adding quotes to your book or reprinting articles on your Website or anywhere, always assume that any pre-existing work you’d like to use is copyrighted work and that it requires permission from the copyright owner to use or copy. More info about “fair use” here!

BONUS Articles: 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright
Copyright infringement Defined
Common Workplace Activities Can Cause Copyright Problems
So You’re Writing a Book, Eh? ~ More info authors should know about ISBN numbers, Library of Congress Numbers, etc.
5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating

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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Can I Protect the Title of My Book?

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Intellectual Property — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Maria Crimi Speth, Esq., Guest Author

The most frequent question I am asked when I teach intellectual property to authors is whether the author can protect the title of his book. Unfortunately, book titles may be impossible to protect. The areas of intellectual property that are implicated are copyrights and trademarks.

copyright2Since copyrights protect the content of your book, you might think that copyright law also protects the title. It is, after all, part of the content. The problem is that copyright law only covers works that have enough originality to be protected. One-line phrases and quotes do not enjoy the protection of copyright law. You might argue that the book as a whole is a creative work and the title is a part of the book. Well, that is true. However, under the fair-use doctrine, if I use a very small portion of your book, such as a one-line quote, I probably have not infringed your copyright. Since the title is a tiny fraction of the whole book, it enjoys no protection when separated from the whole. Courts and the copyright office unanimously agree that copyright law does not protect book titles.

There is, however, another area of intellectual property that must be considered. A word or phrase that indicates a source of a product is a trademark and is entitled to protection under trademark law. The question then becomes whether the title of the book indicates its source. The answer is that the title of a single creative work does not indicate the source and is not protected under trademark law. The title of a series (two or more) of creative works can, however, be a trademark because once there is a series, the common title does indicate the source. The most common examples of book titles that enjoy trademark protection are Chicken Soup for the Soul® and the For Dummies® series.

copyrightYour book series title is also permitted to be registered as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The name of your book series is entitled to common-law trademark protection based on your first use. No registration is necessary to create common-law rights. However, by registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you are considered to be constructively using that trademark throughout the United States. It is usually a good idea to register the title of your book series with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in order to get nationwide protection and other rights that come along with federal registration. While electronic filing of the trademark application is available to the public, the process can be tricky. It is wise to enlist the help of an attorney in filing for the trademark registration.

Because book series titles can be trademarks and because books are related to other services and product names that have trademark protection, you should consider the trademark rights of others before choosing a title for your book. Before settling on a title for your book, you should perform several searches. First, use Internet search engines to determine whether your prospective title is being used and, if so, how it is being used. If you find a series of books with that title, you will want to go back to the drawing board and find a new name.

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intellectual_propertyAlso, if you find related products, such as seminars or a movie, using that name or a similar name, you probably want to avoid that title. After your Internet search, you can also search the United States Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov. At that Web site, you can search your proposed title. If your preliminary searches uncover no results, then your final step is to hire a lawyer or a trademark search company to do a professional search. This step is important. I always advise my clients to do their own searches first; yet I often find conflicts that are serious enough to warrant not using the proposed trademark.

There is another aspect of trademark law that you should consider if you are writing a series of books: trade dress. Trade dress is the look of the product. If you have a single book with a great book cover, you have copyright protection over the design of that cover. If you have a series of books with a common cover design, you have copyright protection but you may also have trade dress protection over that cover design. Consider the black-and-yellow color scheme of the Dummy Series®. The design has acquired what is known as “secondary meaning.” In other words, even before reading the actual title, the consumer recognizes the book as being part of the series because of its distinctive cover design.

In summary, while the bad news is that you cannot protect the title of a single creative work, the good news is that you can protect both the title and the cover design of a series of books that share a common title and cover design.

BONUS Articles: Neil Gaiman on Author Copyright Piracy
Authors: Protect Your Articles From Content Theft
Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?

Copyright © 2012. Maria Crimi Speth. Maria Crimi Speth is an intellectual property attorney at the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Jaburg Wilk. She has expertise in copyright law, trademark law, Internet law and intellectual property litigation. Maria is the author of the book of Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors. Learn more about Maria at www.jaburgwilk.com.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Neil Gaiman on Author Copyright Piracy

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Plagiarism,Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Neil Gaiman talks to the Open Rights Group about how the internet affects the books and publishing industry. People often ask me about piracy issues and digital rights management (DRM) concerns. I can’t say it any better than Neil has.

It has been long theorized that piracy does not hurt sales. It actually helps sales because it increases visibility. Tim O’Reilly said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy” in a piece written in 2002. He has turned O’Reilly Media into a $100 million publishing powerhouse by correctly forecasting the tech industry’s movements. Tim O’Reilly has removed anti-piracy measures from his e-books. “We’re delighted when people who can’t afford our books don’t pay us for them, if they go out and do something useful with that information,” he says.

This video should give you something to think about. Regardless of your opinion, it’s worth considering. Below are a few articles that support the protection of copyright.

BONUS Articles: Digital Rights Management (DRM) Defined
Authors: Protect Your Articles From Content Theft
Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?

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Copyright © 2011 – Video content, Neil Gaiman.

Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Authors: Protect Your Articles From Content Theft

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Plagiarism,Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

copyrightwww.copyscape.com – Copyscape empowers you to defend your site against the threats of online plagiarism. Copyscape provides a free service that allows you to easily search for plagiarism and identify instances of content theft.

Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you. Their “Resource Center” offers links to guidelines regarding Internet plagiarism. Simply type in the address of your original Web page, and Copyscape does the rest. It’s a FREE service AND they also have a fee-paid monthly service called “Copysentry” which automatically monitors the web for copies of your pages, e-mailing you as soon as they appear.

There are several different Copyscape banners to choose from to post on your articles. Hold your mouse over the image below to see a message that I use on my Articles Menu page. Also click on the image to see how I use Copyscape on my “Reprinting “Relationship” Articles by Larry James” page (the link opens in another browser window).

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Recently, Copyscape found 2 of my articles on other Websites that were copied word for word with a no copyright or credit to me. After contacting those Websites, they complied with my request to add my name at the top of the article as author and a Copyright and brief bio with links back to my Website. Their other option was to take the article down.

BONUS Articles: Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?
10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained

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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Plagiarism — Larry James @ 7:00 am

stopthief It’s called content theft! Check to see if you’ve had content stolen from your Website. I did, and found that someone had plagiarized one of my articles and sent it to a Website that published it under her own name. It was copied word-for-word. After I contacted the Website owner, he gladly change the author’s name to mine and posted a brief bio and link to my Website. Copyscape isn’t foolproof; it may miss text that has not yet been indexed by Google, but it’s a good place to begin.

www.copyscape.com – Copyscape empowers you to defend your site against the threats of online plagiarism. Copyscape provides a free service that allows you to easily search for plagiarism and identify instances of content theft.

Copyscape finds sites that have copied your content without permission, as well as those that have quoted you. Their “Resource Center” offers links to guidelines regarding Internet plagiarism. Simply type in the address of your original Web page, and Copyscape does the rest. It’s a FREE service AND they also have a fee-paid monthly service called “Copysentry” which automatically monitors the web for copies of your pages, e-mailing you as soon as they appear.

Have you gone ego-surfing lately? Another way to find your articles on the Internet is to Google “Larry James” + Articles (or “your name” + Articles). Note the quotation marks around the first and last names.

Video can also be a copyright issue. YouTube is beefing up its copyright infringement efforts, or at least they want to appear to be. They’re now requiring that users who receive a copyright violation notification watch a mandatory 4 minute 39 second video. “YouTube Copyright School” stars the characters of the Happy Tree Friends video series.

BONUS Article: 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
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