Copyrights and Wrongs

Written by Roberta Beach Jacobson

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There‘s plenty of uncharted territory to cover and new rules to learn such as creating shorter sentences and paragraphs. This can lend a certain freshness to a stale career.

Web managers do have a problem on their hands. Practically overnight, they have been expected to become HTML savvy and produce fully-functioning, competitive sites with plenty of toots and whistles.

Often they have little or no staff. They are supposed to intelligently address an international audience, wow them, and somehome make a profit atrepparttar end.

To disguiserepparttar 108211 function of journalists by referring to them as "content providers," "word architects" or mere "slot fillers" is a disservice. Withrepparttar 108212 new titles, it ‘s easier to imagine them mindlessly churning out piece after piece to hand over without comment or concern. Instead of sitting in first class, "content providers" end up chasing afterrepparttar 108213 caboose.

Let‘s explore and celebrate this new medium together, but there‘s no passingrepparttar 108214 buck. Let‘s not allowrepparttar 108215 practice of fair compensation for good journalism to be thoughtlessly tossed outrepparttar 108216 train‘s window as we sit back and enjoyrepparttar 108217 ride.

We editors and publishers arerepparttar 108218 ones withrepparttar 108219 authority to make positive changes and we certainly haverepparttar 108220 responsibility to know exactly what‘s posted on our Websites, under what conditions it got there, where it goes next - and why.

Roberta Beach Jacobson lives on the tiny Greek island of Karpathos and is the editor of Kafenio (, the free monthly e-zine focusing on European life and culture.

Things You Might Like to Know about Copyrights

Written by Jan K.

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before yours. It's a good idea to formally copyright any text that you are planning to market. So, if you're convinced thatrepparttar world population-at-large is in desperate need of "Breeding Guppies, What Every Ichthyologist Needs to Know" and you plan to sell it on Ebay for $19.95, you should apply for a formal copyright. Just havingrepparttar 108210 copyright, however, doesn't mean that other people can't quote your work. They may do so, as long as you are given full credit for having written it prior to their use. This is called a "reference" or a "citation" and generally, whatever passage is being quoted will appear offset in quotation marks (so thatrepparttar 108211 reader can visualize which words belong to someone other thanrepparttar 108212 author ofrepparttar 108213 text in whichrepparttar 108214 quote appears). Of course, at present repparttar 108215 contingent of Copyright Police is not up to tracking down every single instance of copyright infringement, and chances are that not everyone cites original authors as scrupulously as they should, so beware of whom you casually let look at or read your text (or to whom you give a copy). Copyrights are not forever. Typically, a copyright lasts for 50 years pastrepparttar 108216 natural life ofrepparttar 108217 original author. Authors' heirs may sometimes re-apply for copyrights, but generally written texts that are this old are considered "public domain" and may be reproduced without payingrepparttar 108218 author's family a royalty fee. Inrepparttar 108219 publishing world, you will find that many publications require that you relinquish your copyrights torepparttar 108220 work in return for having your work published. This is a fairly standard procedure—unless your name happens to be Stephen King or Danielle Steele. Once you've relinquished your copyright to a given work, you can not sell or submit that text again unless you get express approval fromrepparttar 108221 publisher that now ownsrepparttar 108222 copyright. There are sites onrepparttar 108223 World Wide Web where you can post your work for others to read or use as they see fit, so-called "free sites." In cases such as this, there should be a disclaimer that anyone who uses or reproduces your work must give you full credit. Whether this happens allrepparttar 108224 time is certainly a matter for some speculation, but your safeguard is that you ownrepparttar 108225 copyright and if you find that someone is profiting from your work and that you have not been compensated, you can file a copyright infringement suit against them. As ofrepparttar 108226 date of this article,repparttar 108227 current copyright fee is $30. All repparttar 108228 instructions and necessary forms can be found on U.S. Copyright Office's web site: I have copyrighted several texts and advise that you mail your application with a "Return Receipt Requested" fromrepparttar 108229 U.S. Post Office. This is your proof thatrepparttar 108230 Copyright Office has received your copyright application.

Jan K., The Proofer is a full-time freelance proofreader and copyeditor. In business since 1995, she has enjoyed working for a diverse world-wide clientele, covering subject matter including academic research, medical law, consumer surveys, and self-help materials. Please visit for more information.

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