The issue of copyrights and copyright infringements have been discussed on this blog in earlier entries. The problem isn’t going to go away any time soon either as long as some people are feel that copyright owners have no right to their copyrights. The excuses range from being too poor to be able to buy what copyright owners have created to doing copyright owners a great service by providing them with more exposure.
Recently this screenshot has been circulating on social media. It shows the degree to which thieves will go to justify their criminal activities.
Even more recently in a Facebook discussion in an author group, there was a discussion about book launches and ways to make the event memorable for attendees. One self-published author stated that creating a music CD that contained music associated with various scenarios in the book and giving one CD away with every book purchased would be a great promotion.
Except that it’s not a great promotion. It’s illegal to breach copyright (in this case, via unlawful distribution of copyright materials) as proposed by the self-published author.
What’s worse, the self-published author who made the suggestion claimed to know, and understand, the law, and berated others who dared to point out that she was proposing copyright infringement. In the end, the author who asked the question decided that the self-published author who proposed copyright infringement was more knowledgeable than those authors who advised against copyright infringement.
So why would an author suggest copyright infringement as a great promotion when the author herself is a copyright owner? That’s something only the self-published author in question can answer. Suffice it to say, however, that sometimes copyright owners think of others in the industry as competitors to knock off, and if advising illegal activity knocks off the competition, some have no problem going with that approach.
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If you’re a copyright owner, remember this: If you want others to respect your copyrights, you have a responsibility to respect other people’s copyrights.
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THE CONFUSING WORLD OF COPYRIGHT (PART 2)
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