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Avoiding Infringement Disputes

Download / By Nicola Perantoni

Murky copyright laws have contributed to the problem.
Some people infringe because of an honest mistake.
But others do so with deliberate intent.


And many cases are outrageous.

Starting a Pinterest account convinced me that I’d better
learn more about copyright rules. Especially, when I couldn’t
easily find the answer to the question: Is it permissible
to use an image with a pin symbol found on the Web on my blog post?

The topic was not clearly addressed online as far as I could see.
And studying the copyright issue in-depth revealed an endless
supply of stories worthy of a reality TV show.

Theft, infringement, piracy, pilfering or plagiarizing of someone
else’s creative work is a practice that has been around for centuries.
From Romeo and Juliet to 1.5 million copies
of Uncle Tom’s Cabin pirated in the 1850’s.

But pick any century and examples are plentiful.
Today, the Internet has amplified the problem and created a large club.
For instance, in 2010, copyright protection service estimated 75,000 sites had infringed more than
100,000 times in a particular month.

Murky copyright laws have contributed to the problem.
Some people infringe because of an honest mistake.
But others do so with deliberate intent.

And many cases are outrageous.

▪ Bob Krist, an award-winning freelance photographer, has traveled the world for publications, such as National Geographic and the Smithsonian
and routinely has found his photographic paintings plastered over the Internet.

“…Most sites just pilfer the photos and very few…actually ask for permission, and even fewer, like just about nobody, ask permission to use them and offer to pay for using them,” Krist reveals.

▪ Take the story of marketing consultant Linda Carlson, author of Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results.  While reading a weekly paper that published her Q & A column, she noticed an ad for a pamphlet. It was her material, an entire chapter from one of her books stolen and repackaged…word…for… word. The publication refused to run more ads for the pamphlet killing sales, writes Carlson, who notes the incident, took place in the pre-Internet era.

An ideal introduction to marketing tools and strategies, Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results

Source: Linda Carlson.com

Carlson’s Copyright Tip “Another excellent way to track such piracy
is with Google Alerts. Set up an alert for something in your content that
may be a little offbeat, and Google will report whenever it finds that—say,
reprinted on someone’s website.”:

▪ Consider the account of a veteran educator Shelley Heisler owner of The Teaching Bank:”I was burned pretty badly by [a company I had an eight-year relationship with], and I was unable to sue because I didn’t have my units [teaching materials] registered. I wish I could go back in time and register so I could have sued and found justice in their violation of my work.”

And there is my case: Back in 2008, I contacted an official
and sent him 25 pages of a revised version of Finding Your Niche
He later began calling and wanted to see the entire book
and encouraged me to complete
what was a time-consuming long-delayed project.

He agreed to review the entire work and offer feedback.
When the project was completed, I sent a gift certificate for the eBook from a large Independent bookstore, but he called to say that he had spent hours with the download and customer service, but could not download the title. Horrified that he had wasted so much time, I immediately ordered a custom bound copy, sent via FedEx, and followed up a week later with a phone call…Never heard from him again.

Apparently, what he wanted was the manuscript.

My original work was registered with the copyright office,
but what a nightmare. Since he was quoted in the book,
I had to pull it offline and pay to revise and remove all references.
I could not risk someone
else contacting him because of my book.

In retrospect, without adding more details about the person,
I don’t know what I could have done differently.
The Gentleman, in a reputable position, seemed above reproach.

The lesson here is that no one is above reproach and theft
of creative property may come from some faceless person on the
Web or from someone who you believe is trustworthy.

Quick Quiz
Do you know the answers?

1. When the copyright violator is a non-profit, accountability is lessened.   T or F?
2. Images or creative content prior to 1921 is public domain material         T or F
3. Federal and State government material is in the public domain               Tor F?
4. “Out of print” is synonymous with “public domain”                                    T or F
5. Which of the items a-g have been involved in copyright conflicts?

Circle the answers you believe are correct.
a. Unpublished manuscript
b. Tree
c. Cow
d. Footprints
e. Unpublished diaries
f.  Old newspaper photos

Answer Key

Note: This is the strangest answer key I’ve ever posted,
but it illustrates how confusing the subject can be at times.

1. F

2. True and False, The content in question may be
restricted in some manner.

3. True or False. The documents may include photographs
or other literary work prepared by a subcontractor who holds the copyright.

4. F

4. Technically, a-b, d-g.

And the answer to the Pinterest stumper is yes and no…
Pinterest cannot grant rights outside their domain,
but if the copyright holder agrees then…

References
Independent Book Publishers Association
ibpa-online.org
http://www.ibpa-online.org/
Summary: Do you know who’s using your content?
Tactics for finding out
February 2010, Linda Carlson.

Independent Book Publishers Association-Online
Summary: Has your copyright escaped notice? Six questions
you probably never thought to ask.
http://tinyurl.com/kv3oqfj

Image Cascade.com
Janet Lambert
http://www.imagecascade.com/janet-lambert-books.html

Independent Book Publishers Association-Online (ibpa)
Summary: Republishing Realities: Advice from the trenches.
Article Includes details about Image Cascade Press and their struggle, along with the legal owner of the rights, to stop unauthorized publishing of a series of books penned by the copyright holder’s mother, now deceased, actress and military wife Jane Lambert.

March 2014.
Linda Carlson.com
http://www.lindacarlson.com/

Shelley Heisler’s Blog
The Teachingbankblogspot.com
Summary: The importance of protecting Intellectual Property
http://tinyurl.com/lz2u49m

BobKrist.com
http://bobkrist.com/
Summary: Site includes a montage of jaw-dropping
shots from around the world

Tuscan town ties to copyright landscapes
http://bobkrist.com/tuscan-town-tries-to-copyright-its-landscapes/

USA Today Article
Summary: Contests seek unfair intellectual property rights
http://bobkrist.com/usa-today-doing-the-right-thing/

Ironies About The Photo Biz
Photo Fragging***.
Summary: How dancing footprints triggered a lawsuit
http://bobkrist.com/category/blog/ironies-about-the-photo-biz/

Shepard Fairey
http://wp.me/p3Kr4S-92

Note: Pinterest Heads Up
Be aware that a pinterest symbol on any image found
on a website does not automatically signify the owner wants
his or her images pinned.
It may mean they forgot to block or
in some cases were unaware
their images were showing as pinable.

7 Sites AIIP.org Experts Suggest
Wplift.com/freestock images
Summary: Pixabay, one of several sites referenced in article listing
free stock photos sources.
http://wplift.com/free-stock-images

Note, some of
the photographers request credit
in return for use of their images.
Unsplash.com
http://unsplash.com

Stockphoto.com
Summary: Royalty free and low-cost
www.iStockphoto.com

Fine Art America.com
Summary: “Pinterest enables copyright theft on a Global Scale.”
Discussion of the downside of the Pinterest concept
and love and hate attitude that many artists have about the platform.
http://fineartamerica.com/pinterest-enables-copyright-theft-on-a-global-scale.html

Google Images Advanced
Choose options from search usage rights, including
“free to use” or share, even commercially.”
Note: Place key words into the search box at
https://images.google.com/,
1. Go to the gear wheel, upper right corner of results page,
click 2. Advanced Search,  3. scroll down to Usage Rights.

Also see Support Google.com/images usage rights
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?p=ws_images_usagerights

www.ragan.com
Summary: Using Google Images Can Cost You $8,000
http://tinyurl.com/lt26t8b

Cnet.com
Summary: Piracy police hijack ads
on copyright infringing websites.
http://tinyurl.com/lf3c4b8

Nolo Q & A
Dear Rich blog.blogspot/2013
Summary: Can I use old newspapers articles and photos?
http://tinyurl.com/qfedw5y

Blog/Niche Creativity.com
When Someone Steals Your Great Business Idea
http://wp.me/p3Kr4S-n
Note: Non copyright issues

Arstechnica.com
Summary: Righthaven:
Saving the newspaper industry one lawsuit at a time
http://tinyurl.com/n2k3d58

Icopyright.com
http://info.icopyright.com/

Copyscape.com
http://www.copyscape.com/

Newsonomics.com
Summary: Attributors anti-piracy trial begins/February 2010
http://tinyurl.com/kmj6cfc

WordPress.com
Summary: Prevent content theft
http://en.support.wordpress.com/prevent-content-theft/

iparadigms.com
http://www.iparadigms.com/

Plagiarism today.com
Summary: 5 Reasons Plagiarism Detection Difficult/2013
http://tinyurl.com/k4rl4cz

Plagscan.com
http://www.plagscan.com/

Eff.org
Summary: Organizations
and businesses protest copyright proposals.
http://tinyurl.com/penxm8m

Trustrum.com
Summary: Popular copyright myths
http://trustrum.com/copyright-myths/

Public domain sherpa.com
http://tinyurl.com/3ywm2dr

Wall Street Journal.com/201
Summary: How to use Pinterest without breaking the law.
Don’t get stuck by Pinterest lawyers warn.
http://tinyurl.com/o8qjpv5

Copyrightlaw.org
http://www.copylaw.org/

Book/Amazon.com
Summary: The Public Domain:
How to find & use copyright-free writings, music,
art & more, Stephen Fishman, J.D., 2012,
http://tinyurl.com/nsqm5w2

Update
C-Span………90 Min
Information Doesn’t Want’s to Be Free……Cory Doctorow
Summary: Boing Boing associate editor and
science fiction author discusses copyright conflicts
and tech issues facing creative industries and solo artists
in today’s world. Interesting Q & A.
http://tinyurl.com/nph8l53

Locusmag.com/perspectives
Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright
http://tinyurl.com/omx6e8s

Dee Adams is the author of
Finding Your Niche: Discover…
http://wp.me/P3Kr4S-Uz

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