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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

DON’T STEAL THIS BLOG

stealing

I am so not fucking kidding.

In case the copyright notice that appears on ever page of this blog (and which also appeared in the previous Movable Type version of the site) is not prominent enough, I’ve added it again to the sidebar. It reads:

Copyright (c) 1997-2013 MaryAnn Johanson. All rights reserved. No content appearing on this site may be reproduced, reposted, or reused in any manner without express written permission. [email]

If you plagiarize my work, I will find you, and I will publicly shame you.

That last line is a new addition to the text that remains in the footer. It appears to be necessary, because of all the morons who don’t think there’s anything wrong with stealing. Though I doubt they have it in them to be shamed.

But they won’t be able to say they weren’t warned in plain, clear language.

(Just to be extra extra clear: This doesn’t mean you can’t quote short passages of my work, as long as you make it obvious that it’s a quote and link back to the original. That’s called Fair Use, and it’s perfectly fine.)

And here’s a newsflash for all those who have suddenly become copyright “experts” in the last few days: Anything you create is copyright the moment you create it. That includes material you post on the Web. That includes work you give away. Allowing someone to read (or look at, or listen to) your content without payment from the consumer does NOT mean you are giving away your copyright.

Also: Part of protecting your copyright is calling out violations of it when you see it. Not calling out violations of it might later be construed as you not being interested in protecting your copyright.

So to everyone out there — out on the larger Web, I mean, not here at this site — who thinks that those whose work has been wrongfully appropriated should just “let it go” or “move on” or “not make such a big deal about it,” you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.


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