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Hello,

I was just wondering how people go about making sure they fo not infringe any copyrigjt lawsand copyright their own work?

I men is there anywhere people go to look it up or is it just a case of being careful?
#copyright #law
  • Profile picture of the author Doug Slaton
    If you didn't write it then it's not yours. If you did, then in the U.S. it's automatically considered copyrighted.

    This is an old joke but I believe there is some truth to it: Take from one source, it's stealing, take from more than 1 it's research.

    If you take from one source then you are plagiarizing/violating someones copyright. If you take from more than 1 source then that's research...but you still need to phrase things in your own words.

    Exception to this is public domain works. To know if something is, you're safe if it predates 1928.

    Might check in at/with:
    Debra Conrad’s Make Money From Home Blog - She seems very well informed about public domain.

    or Project Gutenberg - free ebooks online download for iPad, Kindle, Nook, Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader - The mother lode of public domain

    or Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Definite public domain is pre-1923, I believe, not 1928.

      You shouldn't have to worry about copyright infringement if you are writing original material. When you research, just take notes of the facts (facts can't be copyrighted) and then write your own original work from the notes.

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      • Profile picture of the author chrisscott
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        Definite public domain is pre-1923, I believe, not 1928.

        You shouldn't have to worry about copyright infringement if you are writing original material. When you research, just take notes of the facts (facts can't be copyrighted) and then write your own original work from the notes.

        Tina
        You are right Tina that facts can't be copyrighted and can be used in your own writing which won't break any copyright rule or law.

        But what about those writings in which there are no facts or very minimal facts are involved. There are several things which are basically without facts and people used them in their blogs.
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        • Profile picture of the author Erica Leggette
          Originally Posted by chrisscott View Post

          You are right Tina that facts can't be copyrighted and can be used in your own writing which won't break any copyright rule or law.

          But what about those writings in which there are no facts or very minimal facts are involved. There are several things which are basically without facts and people used them in their
          blogs.

          I wouldn't want to feature that type of content on my website anyways. So I wouldn't even be concerned about it.
          Find quality facts and make them your own by adding your flavor to the mix.
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        • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
          Originally Posted by chrisscott View Post

          You are right Tina that facts can't be copyrighted and can be used in your own writing which won't break any copyright rule or law.
          To an extent, this is true, but if you were stating facts about another person's work, you could still be held accountable.

          An example of something that is not acceptable is:

          "In Frank Kern's course he says to do the following steps..."

          While that may be an actual fact, it is also revealing what is inside of Frank's course that he charges money for. This type of writing could be considered a derivative copy, which you do not have the right to create without permission.
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          • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
            Well, naturally you shouldn't reveal information like that. I wasn't thinking in terms of every single situation as I figured common sense would apply. I should probably know better, though...lol.

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            • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
              Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

              Well, naturally you shouldn't reveal information like that. I wasn't thinking in terms of every single situation as I figured common sense would apply. I should probably know better, though...lol.

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