Copyright: does a blogger’s blog have copyright?

By | March 3, 2007

After a real incident in a workplace, I was inspired to think about the issue of copyright.
I was wondering about the issue of copyright after someone in my workplace tried to claim my work as theirs. I was annoyed as anyone would be. However, it started me thinking about the issue of copyright. How is copyright claimed? How is it asserted? How is it protected? What are the limits on copyright claims?

Now I’m not a lawyer, but I do believe that copyright does affect bloggers like you and me. Once your blog becomes popular enough, scrapers may steal your content, unscrupulous bloggers may copy and paste your entries, and fakers may even in some extreme cases replicate your entire website.

If your blog is important enough to you, financially or otherwise, it might be a good idea to seek out legal counsel in your jurisdiction about how to protect your investment.

In the meantime, I’ll be creating a copyright notice for the bottom of this page. And I’ll be reading Brad Templeton’s notes on copyright, too.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has experience on this matter, just post your story on the comments or register and submit an article via email!

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