Recently we discussed how Google Authorship
is helping crack down on blogging plagiarism. By placing original content from a ranked and verified authors above one-off authored content, true blogger authors are rewarded with rank.
But the lines between original content and plagiarism are often blurred, and forgotten. For most of us, it’s been decades since we last practiced proper copyright.
First, it’s important for any author to understand what is, and is not, copyright and copyright infringement. For example, you can site a piece from another author (within reason) if the purposes are educational:
“Copyright” is not a verb. It is a noun. We, as human beings, as thinkers of creative ideas, create copyrights (literally out of thin air) when such an idea is expressed into or onto some form of tangible medium. Such a tangible expression is called “a work of authorship.” If such works are truly original and not merely copied from, or strikingly similar to, someone else’s prior, protectable tangible works of authorship, then a copyright, an incorporeal personal property right owned by the author, is created in the process.
If the newly created work is similar to someone else’s work of authorship, then that other author could sue for copyright infringement.
via “When can you legally copy someone else’s work?“
The difference between copyright violation, plagiarism, and an original piece is this:
Copyright is a noun, not Read More