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August 15, 2005



I am sooooo with you on this matter! Many times I have found my "stuff" on other's computers. I have even seen my picutures being used. And not just regular pictures, like pictures of me as their profile pics!!! Luckily, I have friends out there who point me in their direction. But I am a big advocate of giving credit where credit is due!


First off, great article. I'm probably going to link to it in my next column.

However, I wanted to point out a slight inaccuracy in it. You see, the lack of a copyright symbol does not change anything. As per the Berne convention of 1978, no symbol needs to be displayed in order to copyright a piece. Copyright is applied automatically the second you put an idea in tangible form.

This means that you own doodles on napkins, notes you take in class or words you put in a blog. Anything you "fix" is copyrighted unless you say so otherwise.

If you want to allow reuse of your work, I strongly recommend getting a Creative Commons License (http://www.creativecommons.org). They let you set your rules and have pre-made licenses you can use for free. It's a great deal.

Beyond that, good catch and I'm glad that things worked out well for you.

Oh, and now the plagiarist site is up again, but with an apology and "retirement" notice.

Congrats on your bust!


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