Well guess what, I am the victim of copyright infringement. Someone on Facebook copied part of one of my blog posts and passed it off as his own. I happen to be "friends" with this person so I saw the post. Actually, it was TWO posts. I commented on both stating that it was copied without permission so that those persons who had also read his posts and commented would see where the material came from. I then sent a private message to this person telling him to remove both posts. In the meantime, someone else sent me a private message stating that he had seen the Facebook post and knew it came straight from my blog. This person also told me that some of his posts have been copied or paraphrased by this person without permission. Another person, one who had commented on the offenders post saying how good it was, (thank you, I will take credit for that), messaged me stating that she knew of another instance where this person had copied material from someone else. Apparently this was not an isolated incident.
I sent a message to the Association of Professional Genealogists mailing list alerting them and one of the other bloggers on the list went to the Facebook page to take a look and found that one of his photographs had been copied from his blog. I have a feeling that this person received several angry e-mails yesterday.
If this person had just asked I would have given him permission to use it as long as he linked to my original blog post or gave me credit. I think that is a reasonable request. Every one of my pages has a copyright notice on the bottom and he had to have seen it. Not only was what this person did copyright infringement, it was just plain unethical and rude.
The person did apologize and he removed the posts but judging by the wording in his message he didn't really understand the big deal. I sent him my blog post on Copyright. Hopefully it will make things clearer for him.
Copyright © 2012 Michele Simmons Lewis <-------- THIS WOULD BE A COPYRIGHT NOTICE