Think before you copy

In my earlier post: Copyright Infringement, I had mentioned that my blog-post was stolen and published on his blog without my prior permission. The person has now apologized and removed the post from his blog.

Today morning, he commented:

Hi Manasa...... Sorry for the belated response.I apologize U for copying your article without your prior permission. But I have mentioned clearly that it is copied from your blog.... I copied your article just to share good things.. I believe sharing the good things is the purpose of any blog... I have deleted the article of you( Its a matter of Trust)....


Once again sorry for that....
Take Care..
To be clear:
  1. All that is available on the internet is not free. Respect the copyrights, patents and IPRs.
  2. When you want to use photo or article by someone, please respect the person's effort and ask if you can use it or not; then go ahead. 
  3. Sharing your views is different from sharing someone's work by stealing.
  4. If you cannot write on your own, then better be off. But never steal someone's work and take credit.
To the copyright holders:
If you find someone taking an advantage of your work without your knowledge, don't hesitate to fight back. It's your hard work.

Edited to add the most important note (comment by Sudipta):
    
5. The point is that one can quote a para or two at most to say something. Re-posting an entire post is copying -- if you like a post so much, write a small two liner post about that post and redirect people there -- you don't need to copy paste it all. That's copyright infringement.

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11 comments:

  1. Yippeeee !!!
    First I want a brownie for commenting first.

    Now let us talk about the post.

    What did I say ? :D
    Fight for your hard work. Most of the times it pays. I am glad I came to your blog & narrated you my story.

    You definitely owe me more than a brownie now. :D

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  2. The point is that one can quote a para or two at most to say something. Re-posting an entire post is copying -- if you like a post so much, write a small two liner post about that post and redirect people there -- you don't need to copy paste it all. Thats copyright infringement.

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  3. Cuckoo, Sure.. When shall we meet for the brownie :) Thanks a lot for visiting my blog.

    Sudipta, Very true. I have added your comment to this post :)

    Vishesh, :)

    Reema, Thanks for commenting on that person's blog for the post removal :)

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  4. copyright issues are becoming big issues these days ...
    what sudipto commented is right ..
    i guess that guy dint know this ..
    atleast he mentioned in his blog that its copied...

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  5. I still maintain that that guy didn't do anything wrong. Your copyright does not state anything about "asking for permission" although its always nice to ask. It simply says "free to copy with attribution", which he did.

    Perhaps you should modify the copyright statement below!

    And finally, after a while you'll get used to such stuff. sad but ask the guy whole post was published in Times of India without a word of acknowledgement...

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  6. shit happens ! but glad u dealt properly with it !

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  7. I feel so strongly about this. In India, I feel the whole concept of plagiarism and 'copying' is warped. If you don't let someone steal your hard work, you're "not helping" them. ARGH. Attribution is a trivial bother, most people don't even think about. My sympathies. I'm thinking I should start watermarking my images because I see this happening more and more, even by the papers as @final_transit says.

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  8. Yes, Manasa.
    Go ahead to link my posts. Yeah, they sure gonna help others.

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  9. Hmm..good :) So finally he responded! :)

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