Somebody's Distributing Your Copyright Content Illegally? Know Your Facts Before You Accuse

Written by June Campbell


Is someone distributing your software or other copyright content illegally overrepparttar Internet? It's possible. It happens. If you can prove your case, you have grounds for legal action.

BUT -- before making yourself look foolish and creating enemies, have your facts straight. A reasonable understanding of Internet technology can prevent you from ending up with egg on your face.

Take this situation. I've changed names to protectrepparttar 108212 guilty.

A representative of an online business emailed me saying, "It has been brought to my attention that you have maderepparttar 108213 "something.com" public download files freely available for download by FTP from your web site. Would you please let us know immediately what is going on and what your justification is for doing this."

First mistake. Ifrepparttar 108214 files are "public download files", then what isrepparttar 108215 problem? Public download files are freely available.

However, since I had never heard of their software, I responded with a request thatrepparttar 108216 company rep show merepparttar 108217 link or at least provide a screen capture ofrepparttar 108218 alleged FTP activity.

I received an apologetic email fromrepparttar 108219 company rep saying that she could not locate a link to her software from my site. "Perhaps your site has been confused with someone else's," she explained. Second mistake. If you're making an allegation of this nature, know whererepparttar 108220 problem can be found and be ready to present evidence torepparttar 108221 other party. You look more than a little incompetent if you can't back up your claim inrepparttar 108222 most elementary way.

A few hours later, a third email arrived. This time,repparttar 108223 company rep accused me of being untruthful and threatened legal action. She then backed up her case withrepparttar 108224 following URL:

ftp://www.nightcats.com/pub/users heirfiles/

Third mistake.

Sure enough, "theirfiles" were available for download at this link. And, sure enough, www.nightcats.com is my site domain. HOWEVER, hadrepparttar 108225 company rep had a basic understanding of FTP (File Transfer Protocol), she would have understood that a "pub" directory is "public" -- and thereforerepparttar 108226 URL had nothing to do with my site.

Copyrights and Wrongs

Written by Roberta Beach Jacobson


Somehow we have come to believe more is better, that its a good thing if a search engine pops up with 27,999 entries on a given subject. Yet its because of this very "too muchness" that many journalists have found themselves entangled inrepparttar Web.

Writers believe theyve sold one-time rights to articles, which then are left indefinitely on Websites or in archives - trapped without their permission, often times even without their creator's knowledge. In all but a few cases, writers have not been compensated financially for this prolonged use of their work.

These days every tiny business, every magazine and newspaper, wants a Website. Editors who would probably hand backrepparttar 108211 coin torepparttar 108212 supermarket cashier who gave them too much change apparently think nothing of decorating their Webpages with "donated" articles.

Copyright is copyright, folks, be it bleached pulp or cyberspace. Cyberspace is just more complex.

The Internet is like a train out of control, running away with writers rights. Becauserepparttar 108213 Web is in its infancy, these working conditions can be improved. We still have a chance to patch things up and head that train inrepparttar 108214 right direction.

Discovering a freshness Even some journalists who once turned up their noses atrepparttar 108215 new medium are curious enough to flag downrepparttar 108216 train, not even sure where its bound. The Internet has been said to provide some old-fashioned print journalistsrepparttar 108217 rush of excitement they once felt when they started out as cub reporters so many moons ago.

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