Although I do not get paid to blog, I take my blogging very seriously. I invest time and energy into researching and writing my posts. I have a strong sense of ownership of my words and that means I’m “attached” to what I write. I know that it is my attachments and aversions that prevent me from becoming a more open minded and generous person. And, I’m constantly working at breaking away from and letting go of the attachments and aversions that lead to the creation of negative emotions.
I have just read A Radical Solution to Blog Content Piracy and I’m mulling over what I read. Below is an excerpt but please click through to read the whole post.
Two big blogs, maybe more, have adopted a radical approach to copyright. You are absolutely free to copy, paste, steal, modify, and otherwise manipulate whatever you find at the wildly popular Zen Habits and The Simple Dollar. The content on both blogs is public domain.
This decision by two notable bloggers, who have decided to “give it all away”, is one that is a 360 degree turn about from my current policy posted on my Copyright & Disclaimer page which states:
“All content in this blog created by the blog owner is the property of the blog owner and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and cannot be stored on any retrieval system, reproduced, reposted, displayed, modified or transmitted in any form, electronic or otherwise without written permission of the copyright owner except as noted below.
A brief excerpt of content (up to 50 words) may be quoted as long as a link is provided back to the source page on this blog.”
Part of that consideration is that my policy reflects how I treat the writing of other bloggers. If I were to change my policy how would I view those who do maintain the position that I currently take?
Conclusion: I’m not ready to change my policy at this time but I do want to know what my readers think.
- Do you get paid to blog?
- What is your current copyright policy?
- Would you consider introducing a come and get it policy?