senryu : theft

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casual thieving
plucking your words and pictures
my poem is not yours

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Today, I saw one site who reposted my post and offered to give away my poem as a pdf and never asked me. Heads up — I have not given anyone any permission to give away single poems as pdfs on their website or blog. If you see a site doing so, let me know.

Casual thieving seems to be a way of life on the web.  Some people seem to think it’s ok to quote without attribution. I am including making a link to the original source as attribution but I think mostly people should go further and actually say where they got stuff from somewhere on the page if they copy or quote something.  The main reason is stuff moves but if you have a title and a name to go by, you can find a reference again.  Plus it’s nice to give people credit.

Copyright is from when you write, photograph, draw or whatever something. You don’t need the © symbol, the year or a statement of “all rights reserved”.  It’s yours from when you create it until your death plus 75 years. At least it is in the United States.  There may be some variances from country to country but almost all of them the © is no longer mandated.  Some countries have 100 years after death.

Reposting my post and linking it back to me is nice and all.  The problem is the person put a link under their copy of my post saying “click here to get this post in pdf” which is not so nice.  I saw he had also taken posts from a couple other poets so I emailed them.  I really don’t care if after harvesting people’s name and email, he gave them a different pdf or no pdf — he would still be using my poem to harvest emails without my permission — and if he is giving away my poem and picture on a pdf that just makes it worse because then it is stealing.

I feel like Gollum, “Mine, all mine.”  I know I don’t get paid for it but it’s the sweat of my brow.  Ok, maybe more like the sweat of my thoughts?  Ok, my sweaty thoughts.  Ewww.  Laughing.  But you know what I mean.  I like sharing.  I am likely to give away a pdf or two of my own but the main point of copyright is that it’s my poem and my choice.  And FYI just because I share something with everybody does not give anyone the license to steal it.  I dislike someone stealing.

So if you see someone making a pdf of my content and giving it away, let me know. I’ll let you know if I see someone giving away your stuff.

24 thoughts on “senryu : theft”

    1. Yeah bugs me. One of the poets I told said she was ok with it though — she expects when she blogs a poem that it’s going to go out there. It bothers me that he is using my name/work to collect email addresses from folks and I don’t trust the ethics of someone who gives away another person’s work.

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    1. lol, I completely misunderstood the joke so Wednesday when we were at the writing group I thought you were bringing it to share, lol.

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  1. I try to be ever careful to link back to the pictures I use. I can’t imagine taking someones work and reposting it. Good grief. Not a good thing at all.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. I think what’s wrong is he is offering to give it away as a pdf and asking people for their emails. Since I don’t trust the ethics of someone giving away another person’s work, I wonder what they will use the email information that they are gathering for. One of the other poets that I informed was fine with it though — she said she expects when she posts poems that people will feel it’s ok to copy it. I feel differently though. Just because I share food with someone doesn’t mean they have the right to break into my house when I’m not there and take whatever they want.

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  2. Um, yeah…wrong. Artwork is copyrighted the moment of concrete creation, so you have every right to be upset. Unfortunately, the internet is so vast, who knows how much artistic theft occurs. Pressing “publish” means “poof,” it is out there for anyone. Grr…

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    1. yeah the internet is vast and it’s international so there’s a lot of artistic theft going on. But I don’t accept it. I think people can be taught copying is wrong. On a newbie thing where people shared their first few posts, one girl posted a post that was cut and pasted from different travel blogs. So I told her she should give credits to the blogs she found the pictures and writings from. She said the main point was that it was 10 romantic destinations — I said yes but the point was also she did not write or take the pictures so give credit — and I gave the links from where she took them from — not one was a public domain site. She really thought it was ok to copy indiscriminately. It wasn’t until 2-3 more people also said they agreed with me that she even began to think she needed to write her own stuff or attribute. And maybe she will go back to copying but there were probably on-the-fence lurkers who read that and maybe a few decided copying is noticeable and not ok. At least I hope so. Luckily there are DMCA laws in place to help protect us.

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  3. Actually, the etiquette of reblogging is to use the reblog button to post a small part of their post and an URL to send people to their blog to see the rest. Even reposting someone’s blog with attribution is not fair. The person who wrote the blog should get the views and comments as well as the one reblogging.

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    1. Oh, I didn’t know that was the etiquette. I’ve never reblogged before although I’ve seen quite a few do that. That’s good to know. It’s always been my habit to go to the original blog if I started reading the repost for that reason — to give the writer the view.

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  4. Do you have a “follow” button on your site? Would like to receive notice of your weekly prompt, and by following I will receive it in notifications. I’m probably just overlooking it. If so, can you direct me to where it is? Thanks. Judy

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    1. Found the problem and fixed it. One of my plug-ins wasn’t activated. You should see a “follow” button in the bottom right corner when you come to my blog. Thanks again for letting me know — otherwise I wouldn’t have realized my “follow” button wasn’t showing any more.

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        1. I’m doing more research. I checked that plug-in and it looks like it hasn’t been updated to the latest WP, last update was 10 months ago and there’s been a lot of changes since then. So I’m doing research to find another follow button from someone who is keeping up with WP. It seems to me that Jetpack should have one in their settings but can’t find it.

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    1. That’s weird. I just checked. My sites have a blue follow button but you’re correct, I just checked Cactus Haiku and I don’t see it either. I’ll check my settings to see if I can figure out where it went. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve fixed it — probably tonight. Have to go somewhere soon in “real life” so can’t right now.

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    2. Ok, figured out 3 ways to add a follow so did all 3: the blue wordpress button, an email subscriber and a bloglovin’ as you don’t have to be a wp person to do that. I tested them and they all work! Yay!

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  5. I know it’s aggravating, but I’ve seen my stuff EVERYWHERE including on Wikipedia, usually with my name sliced off the bottom. There are ways to really copyright your stuff, but I gave up. I’ve got enough issues in my world to make protecting my photographs not my most important issue. I’m a little more sensitive about my writing, but only a little.

    I make photos very small when I post them, so anything anyone steals isn’t going to become a mural or even a tee-shirt. The irony is if they asked, I would say okay. As for the writing, I have a pretty unique style and I don’t think anyone is going to really be able to claim it for their own. I found one woman who directly stole a post and she protested, but then she pulled her blog and disappeared.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that — especially about wiki as they are supposed to be reputable and careful about that stuff. Maybe the lady pulled her blog because when she checked after you protested, someone told her about DMCA and if her whole blog is basically copying everything from other people, she might have decided to close it to stay out of trouble. Maybe her next blog, she will write her own stuff — we can hope.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. I am sorry about jerks like that. This experience you shared reminded me a lot of how Facebook seems to run; everybody just sharing and duping everything without even thinking.

    I’ve studied Copyright Law quite a bit and you are correct. Years and years ago, I went to the trouble of going the route of the U.S. Library of Congress, but nowadays that takes forever and a day!

    And their website for their copyrighting/patenting is NOT user friendly.

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    1. Thank you for the sympathy. I think i may have to learn to file at the Copyright Office as proof I intend to keep my rights and not give them away. I wonder how one copyright’s a blog — print out every post? That would be expensive. Maybe make an ebook?

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