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Your Content Belongs to You

10th February 2009

Your Content Belongs to You

I write a lot of things for this company.  I write web site content, brochures, instructional manuals, scripts for videos and, of course, this blog.  Naturally I do a lot of research for some of the things I write, I also pick the brains of my co-workers and draw on the over 30 years of embroidery knowledge that exists here at EnMart and Ensign Emblem.  Everything that we put out is original content or, if it is not original to us, it is clearly labeled so that everyone knows from where the article came.  We don’t steal content, and we don’t attribute content to ourselves that we didn’t create.

I can only wish that everyone else would be so scrupulous.

Yesterday I was doing some research for a piece I’m writing when I came across an article section on another web site.  There, word for word, was some content that I wrote several months back and which was originally posted on this very blog.  The content was not attributed to us in any way, nor was there any link back to our web site.  Sadly, this happens all too often.

If you have a web site or a blog or if you create original designs, you must be vigilant if you want to ensure that no one is using your creations without your permission.  That may be particularly difficult when it comes to online content, as the line between acceptable and unacceptable use can often be quite narrow.  For what it’s worth, here’s what we at EnMart consider to be acceptable use:

  • Original source of content is clearly identified
  • A link back to the original source is provided
  • Permission to use the information is requested and received

If you do find out that someone is using your content without your permission or knowledge, you do have a recourse.  Most hosting providers have a code of conduct and will shut down blogs that are stealing content.   The first thing to do is write to the offending party and let them know you did not give permission for your content to be used and you would like it to be removed.  If that doesn’t work, contact the hosting company and let them know one of their clients is violating the host’s code of conduct.  That will usually be enough to get the blog closed down.

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