WordPress.com (Automattic) Transparency Report

Here’s a link to some very interesting reading, The WordPress.com Transparency Report encourages me to believe some are aware of how important and issue transparency is. Automattic plans to publish bi-annual transparency reports, summarizing the government information requests and takedown demands Staff have received.  

Scraping Off the Blog Scrapers

Money from advertising income motivates blog scrapers to steal content. It’s only a matter of time before you discover your copyright has been violated and your content is now duplicated on a site you don’t want to be associated with. So let’s consider the impact of that duplication and how to counter it.

15 Plagiarism Detection Tools for Bloggers and Writers

There’s no difference between copyright law in cyberspace and print media; the same law applies both online and offline. You can check to see if your content has been stolen, and file DMCA take-down notices with the appropriate web host when it has been.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced,…

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

Another week is  almost gone and I’m wondering where it went.  Here’s my weekly offering for you readers. Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how…

Second Life Virtual Pets Copyright Dispute

If you aren’t into having a virtual  Second Life then you most likely have not heard of Ozimals or Amaretto Ranch Breedables. The former make and sell breedable virtual bunnies.  The latter are newcomers who make and sell virtual horses. Well, the two have wound up in the courts over a copyright dispute. The concept…

Thumbs down on WordPress Reblogging

Today Richard (thesacredpath) tried some experimentation with the new wordpress “like” and reblog feature. He reblogged my Basic Netiqueitte for Beginner Bloggers post and then he reblogged his reblog of my post. All links to the original article are gone in the second-generation reblog.The read more and site link at the bottom of the second-generation reblog link back to the second blog, NOT to the original. The possibly related posts links to the reblogged post, NOT to the original. So readers, what’s your opinion of the value of this wordpress.com “like” and reblog feature?

Protect Your Intellectual Property: Develop a Strong Brand

April 26, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of  World Intellectual Property Day. Celebrations for this year’s edition of World Intellectual Property Day will revolve around the theme “Innovation – Linking the World”. During the entire month of April, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will raise IP awareness within the education sector and among small and…

Subscribers/Readers Notice

Please forgive me for being behind in publishing new posts, answering comments and leaving comments this week. I have spent most of my blogging time this week arguing with blog scraping content thieves (who have stolen entire posts from both of my blogs),  and sending DMCA complaints to their web hosts to get my content…

Copyright basics for bloggers

As the blogging phenomenon expands, copyright concerns become quite important. Technology makes it really easy to copy, modify and share information, whether we talk about text, images, audio or video. The problem is that the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of the Copyright Law, which might result in illegal and costly mistakes. As a blogger it’s important to take the steps required to protect your digital works and post a notice that you have done so to deter content theft.