Friday, November 5, 2010


Observant readers here at She Treads Softly might notice a new copyright notice in the side bar. While I've toyed with adding it before a recent controversy had me springing into action.
Chris at Chrisbookarama had a link on her bookish buzz post.

See, someone is stealing content. Read Illadore's post "Copyright Infringement and Me." She says:

"In fact, after looking at the Cooks Source Facebook page, I found the article with my name on it on 'Page 10' of the Cooks Source Pumpkin fest issue. "

The editor had the nerve to say:
"...the web is considered "public domain" and you should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else's name on it! "

Yeah. Right.

The thing is, I noticed that I had all these sudden visitors to one of my older posts from facebook. I don't have a facebook account and didn't plan on getting one, but this might just make me change my mind. I was wondering why all the interest on that post? Why now? From the information at Illadore's House o Crack I am suspicious that content was stolen, although there apparently was a link back to my blog. It was not a book review.

I've had people quote me and link back to my blog before. Normally it's authors for books of theirs I've reviewed, and it's all okay because they are crediting me as well as linking back to the original review. (Once I did have some insecure young woman link to a past post and then try to pick a fight with me by attacking me personally simply because she disagreed with me.)


Memories of yesterday said...

Oh my. I love your copywrite. :D Can I "borrow" it for my own page?

Lori L said...

Of course you can, Stacey... assuming you'll take out the "Lori L" and "She Treads Softly." Bahahahaha!

Memories of yesterday said...

Do you think ? ;) LOL If you want, send me the facebook link and I'll check it out for you.

Lori L said...

Thanks, Stacey. My daughter offered to check it out - or I'll get a very private facebook account.

Lisa said...

I recently had a post stolen as well. I only figured it out by accident because I linked to another blogger in it and SHE noticed my link in her stats- it showed up both from my blog and the weird other one, so she figured it out. To try to stall it, I put my copyright in my footer, so if they copy an entire post they copy the copyright as well. Then I put a link to my blog in it, so HOPEFULLY it'll pop up as someone who links to me if they don't strip that part out.

Lori L said...

You've given me more to think about, Lisa. I've done a little sleuthing today and didn't see anything amiss. What I saw may have been simply an innocent link to me, but I'm still going to be more observant.