delve a little deeper....
The eagle eyed among you may notice I now have a copyright symbol at the very bottom if the page. I never really thought about it before but this afternoon I have been doing some research, more on why in a minute. Copyright applies to work that is recorded in some way; rights exist in items such as literary, artistic, musical and dramatic work as well as films and sound recordings. Websites are included in this.
Basically copyright gives the creators of certain kinds of material rights to control ways
their material can be used. These rights start as soon as the material is recorded in writing or in any other way. So, when I write a blog, write a paragraph for my site or post a photograph it is automatically 'mine' and cannot be reproduced without my express permission. It is recommended that to protect your work further, deter people from copying and support any claim you may have to make should someone copy your work you can display a notice that shows you have an awareness of copyright and take infringements seriously. Hence the little Copyright ©2011-2012 Minxylydia at the bottom of each page. I am also allowed to use the pseudonym MinxyLydia because there is plenty of recorded evidence to support that is is me and of course protects my anonymity.
Anyway, I shall not bore your further on this or explain intellectual property (I have links to a couple of websites at the bottom of this page if you're really interested) but tell you a little story. This afternoon I was going through my site referrer lists to see where my web hits had come from and one was an escort website so I went to look at it thinking she might have blogged about me or mentioned me. But on no! What I found were several paragraphs directly copied from this very website. basically the entire second paragraph of THIS page and ALL of THIS page up to the My likes bit. Pretty much word for word- she has fake tits so the bit about mine being natural was removed. Hell there is even weird spacing where it had been deleted from a cut and paste job.
I was not impressed. At all.
It takes ages to write stuff like that. It's me, it's what I genuinely believe about myself and what I do. It offends me someone is too lazy to write their own stuff. She isn't even anything like me. Older, skinnier (not in a good way), fake tits, in another part of the country and with a totally different style, I discovered this when I found her adultwork page. Anyway, I decided to write her a nice email. Here it is:
It has come to my attention that there are large chunks of text I have written on your website www.insertsite.com I have emailed you here via adultwork because there is not an email address on your site.
I appreciate that it is sometimes tricky to write website information, but I had to spend a lot of time doing it myself so it upsets me that someone has blatantly plagarised my words. Of course I am mildly flattered you think my words are good enough to copy. You are geographically and physically very different from me so I do not see you as any sort of competition. However, copying my words is unfair and lazy and I would like you do remove what you have stolen.
I would like to point you in the direction of this website- http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/intellectual_property which highlights the law regarding copyright.
My website is my intellectual property and you have breached copyright laws. Copyright protection is automatic under international law despite the fact I do not mention copyright on my website. I shall be changing this shortly to make it clear that I will not tolerate theft of my work. You even have the audacity to state on your homepage- "No information on this website may be reproduced or disseminated in any way without written permission from the owners of this website".
I have also found your IP address and who hosts your website. Reading their terms of service it is clear that your infringement of my copyright can result in them removing your content without refund.
I am giving you five days to remove my text from your website or else I shall be forced to contact your website host.
The sad thing is if you had contacted me asking for advice I would have happily helped you out. I do think in this game we have to look out for and look after each other. I work bloody hard on my website and other web content and it offends me when someone copies it.
I think that made the point I wanted to make. I have removed her name and website because despite the fact I was pissed off I really only wanted her to remove it and not scare her or mess about with her reputation or business.
Anyway, she replied saying someone else does her website, she was apologetic, that she had no idea he had stolen my words. She promised to get it removed. We actually ended up swapping a couple of emails because she was nice about it and I was astounded at how much she gets charged to have her website built and managed. I mean she was paying well over a grand a year more than I spend doing it myself so I sort of felt I had to direct her towards a couple of websites and to www.saafe.info which has invaluable information on such things for escorts.
OK, there is a cynical part of me that thinks maybe nothing will happen and her being nice to me was a ruse to make me go away and forget about it. We shall see.
I am am now going to google sections of my website and see where the hell else it appears!