Friday, May 4, 2012
Help! How do I defeat Pirates?
The most absurd thing just happened me. Someone forwarded an email to me - that I originally wrote! The email was my post Upside-down Land, verbatim. No changes, exactly word for word, but, more importantly, no author credit. Then, out of curiosity, I googled Upside-down Land.
To say that I was stunned is to put it lightly. Upside-down Land has traveled everywhere from peoples inboxes to blogs to radio talk shows! A number of rather imposing looking blogs (Sodahead.com, TalkRoswell.com and Opencarry.org) posted the article and it was featured on a number of radio talk shows as well. Not one of the sites I visited credit me or Paratus Familia Blog with the original content.
The problem I have with my posts be plastered all over the internet is that my material is subject to copywrite agreements. I don't mind other people posting what I have written (in fact I take it as a compliment), as long as my name or blog location are included. What I write is part of who I am and I take exception to my intellectual property being pirated.
So, do any of you have advice on protecting my articles in the future? If you do, I would love to hear from you!