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Presented by Daniel Toriola Website Theft Part 1 of 3 What exactly is Copyright By Janice Byer CCVA MVA Website Theft Part 1 of 3 What exactly is Copyright by Janice Byer CCVA MVA Please note that some of the information included in this article has been quoted from various locations while other information is simply my personal opinion and you will probably feel my passion in my words The hot topic on many business related email discussion lists for the past little while has been website theft both content amp graphics Either there seems to be a rash of this dishonest and unethical behaviour or website owners are just finding out that their treasured works have caught the eye of others who feel it is okay to use it as their own They say that imitation is supposed to be the greatest form of flattery but take it from someone who has found their website content appear on someone else s site it darn well ticks you off to see your hard work being used by some one else as their own You work hard to come up with what you include on your website and are probably more than willing to allow some of it to be paraphrased by others but when the culprit doesn t even ask permission you get that heads will roll feeling inside What can be considered copyright material The World Intellectual Property Organization wwwwipoorg which is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit includes the definition of copyright on their website which reads Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works With regard to copyright in relation to the Internet WIPO has established two treaties which outline among other things that each country provide a framework of basic rights allowing creators to control andor be compensated for the various ways in which their creations are used and enjoyed by others More information on WIPO and its mandate can be found at httbwwwwiboorCIcoovridhtenindexhtml For a complete definition of copyright and to read the Copyright Act in Canada visit the Department of Identitv Theft Protection DON39T BE A VICTIM Use PROVEN fraud protection techniques to SAFEGUARD YOU and YOUR FAMILY against IDENTITY THEFT Page 1 Presented by Daniel Toriola I Justice Canada at httplawsiusticedccaenC42 For a complete definition of copyright law in the US visit the Library of Congress website at httpwwwocqovcopvriqht Oh and the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary lists the definition of copyright as Noun the exclusive legal right to reproduce publish and sell the matter and form as of a literary musical or artistic work What is theft Speaking of the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary httpwwwmwcom they define THEFT as Noun 1 a the act of stealing specifically the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it b an unlawful taking as by embezzlement or burglary of property Theft of website content andor graphics can be considered copyright infringement The MW dictionary also defines infringement as Noun 1 the act of infringing VIOLATION 2 an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege In the next instalment of our series on Website Theft we will look at ways to find out if your website material is being stolen what the downfalls are of your material being used in other places and give you some ideas for what to do when you do find out that someone is using your material without your permission Janice Byer is the founder of DocuType Administrative amp Web Design Services httpwwwdocutVDenet a professional Virtual Assistance and Website Design company specializing in helping small business owners get ahead She is a certified Canadian Virtual Assistant and Master Virtual Assistant and winner of the Most Successful Start Up 2000 and Home Based Business of the Year 2000 Awards ibverdocutvoenet Cracking The Internet Matrix Part time website pays my Mortgage Car Note and Grocery Bills every month Learn the secret stategies of 13 marketing pros P 2 age I Presented by Daniel Toriola I How to Prevent Theft of Your Ebooks Part 1 Ebook Copyright By Michael Hopkins How to Prevent Theft of Your Ebooks Part 1 Ebook Copyright by Michael Hopkins While the majority of web users are honest people you must accept that some people WILL try their best to steal your products For this reason it39s important that you take some measures to ensure that your product isn39t being illegally copied andor distributed In this article the first of two on this subject I39ll look at the issue of copyright protection In part two I39ll be looking at practical measures you can take to prevent people from accessing your download pages or passing your ebook on to others ESTABLISHING YOUR COPYRIGHT This information is intended to act as an introduction to the concept of copyright Please be aware that I39m not a legal expert If you39ve any doubts regarding copyright then you should seek legal advice Copyright is the name given to the protection of your 39right to copy39 a published work When you own the copyright to a work you39ve the right to reproduce any number of copies of that work in any way you choose You can also grant copy rights to others Once you create a published work your copyright to that work applies automatically You do not need to formally register your copyright in order for your copyright of that work to legally exist In fact you do not even need to place a copyright statement on the work Having said that it39s still a good idea to formally register yourcopynght In the event that someone has stolen you work having registered your copyright may entitle you to claim for compensation from the offender If you haven39t formally registered the work then legally seeking compensation can be much more difficult Don39t Let This Happen To You The world39s Identity theft nightmare and how to immunize yourself P 3 age Presented by Daniel Toriola I For a closer examination of this important point read this article by Mark Levine httpwwwcickandcopyrightcomwhycopyrighthtm THE MINIMUM YOU SHOULD DO If you are hesitant about paying fees to register your copyright then there are still other measures you can take to make sure that the world knows who owns your work you should follow these steps EVEN if you DO register copyright You should include your copyright statement at the bottom of every page of your book and your website and everything else you create Including a copyright statement is no guarantee that your work will not be stolen It39s also no assurance that you39ll be able to recover royalties or loss of earnings from someone who infringes your copyright However it stamps the work as being yours It makes it clear to those who might be tempted to copy it that they don39t have that right Example of a copyright statement Copyright 2003 Your Name or company name All rights reserved worldwide No part of this ebook may be copied or sold Note Some people use c the letter 39c39 in brackets instead of the official copyright symbol the letter 39c39 surrounded by a circle In many countries the law does not recognize this as a copyright symbol and it39s not a given that a court will accept it as valid You should ALWAYS write the word 39Copyright39 in FULL as part of your copyright statement and you should use the official copyright symbol You should also include a copyright page in your ebook Take a look at the copyright information in any ebook or paper book for ideas on what you should include on this page Another idea that may be useful in a legal sense is to print out a copy of your ebook on paper and save a copy on to a diskette or CDROM Place both the paper version and the diskette in an envelope and mail it to yourself via REGISTERED mail Hold on to the receipt for the mail and when the package arrives to your home put it away in a SAFE place together with the receipt WITHOUT opening it This is proof that you had the document in your possession at the date of the mailing If you do this before your ebook goes Pal Pc Tracker Steps Computer Theft Computer software that allows you to find your PC anywhere in the world if it39s ever lost or stolen P 4 age Presented by Daniel Toriola I 39live39 then you39re sure that nobody can have copied your work before this date Here are a few websites where you can learn more about copyright issues The Publishing Law Center httpwwwpubawcom The Copyright Website httpwwwbenedictcom Okay I hope that this has helped you understand the question of copyright a little better In the next articlee I39ll continue on the question of ebook protection by looking at practical measures you can put in place to prevent people from stealing your ebook from your website Michael Hopkins is owner of BizzyDays Ebook PublicationsVisit now to download original ebooks for FREE athttpwwwbizzydayscomThis article first appeared in Michael39s newsletter 39Ebook Times39To subscribe visit 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