In a conference call last week with participants in our Blog to Book Project, the issue of copyright came up. It was asked how one can protect the content on one’s blog. There are a couple of ways I suggest.
1. Sign up for an account with Copyscape.com. They will monitor the content on your website or blog and alert you if another page shows up on the Internet with the same copy. You can put a banner on your site warning would-be violators that your content is protected.
2. I just looked into Creative Commons. Here’s a cartoon about how it works. Essentially you’re protecting your content and allowing limited use of it, if you want. You generate HTML code that you put on your blog or website to display the Creative Commons license and terms.
3. I suggest you use Google Alerts to monitor where you name and content pops up in the cyber universe. Set up alerts on your name, your company name, and key words that describe your business. Always interesting to see where your name pops up!
This must be a hot topic. I just saw Paul Chaney’s post on blog theft as I was about to post this info. It pays to be aware of what’s going on out there!