One Way To Respond to Copyright Infringement

First a clarification: After reading yesterday’s rant on advertising that is all about 50% off, you might have been intrigued by my reference to the release of Naomi Dunford’s Online Business School at the end of the post and clicked on the link.  If you did, the first words you read would have been, “50% Discount On Online Business School Starts Right Now.”  So, just to be clear, I wasn’t talking about Naomi. Naomi has done a brilliant job of giving us really good reasons to spend before she ever offered the discount.  I can also say that she is a goddess of customer service. In a moment of impatience (no, it was something more than that – I was a like a holiday shopper after the last Tickle-Me Elmo or a sleep-deprived geek who had camped out all night to get her hands on the first iPhone), I did something kinda stupid that messed up my order, yet she has gone out of her way to get me the program materials even though the mistake was mine. She has been graciousness and generosity itself – in addition to offering a kick-ass product.

Okay – with that out of the way, on with today’s post…

I read with interest an article in this morning’s newspaper about Rebecca Pearcy of Queen Bee Creations discovering that one of her designs had been knocked off in a big way.  Now, of course, she’s done all the appropriate legal things she needs to do in response, but I was tickled to receive her newsletter later in the day announcing that she was also having a sale in honor of the original, “To celebrate the Chirp and all that it stands for (Love! Peace! Beauty! Originality!)”  How great is that?  Take that, copycats.

So, um, you’ve taken a copyright workshop so you understand this stuff, right?  You know about Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, right?  You at least have the phone number of an attorney you can call with questions, right?  Stuff happens, dear readers.  Know what you need to do to protect your work and do it before someone decides imitation would be the best way flatter you.

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