Minion Painting 102: Drawing Can Be Fun So Go Create Something New And Original... Stop Stealing...
You do not have to do what I do but you do have to do something original with your blog posts. It doesn't take much to splash a little color on a small board. You can finger paint. You can pixelate. You can even fling paint like a monkey. You can grab a bunch of kids and draw stick figures, flowers and butterflies under a rainbow together. Use crayon if you have to... Do what ever it takes (like buy commercial use clip-art and stock photographs, giving them their notice props) but stop swiping other people's stuff.
Stop acting as if you can collect what you want without written permission.
How hard is it to send an e-mail and ask? Don't casually ask over the phone, people. Get it in writing. People may not remember you 6 months down the road. People may die and estates may come after you for some money because there is no paper trail that the original owner said "yes."
Be original. Be yourself. Do it your way. Draw, paint, splash color, photograph, sing, make music, make noise... I make lots of noise (LOL). If all you got is chatting on audio, then talk into your microphone. Don't be shy... Have that virtual, audio conversation. I love hearing from people. It's a pleasure to hear bloggers speak. Your audio can be your art. You can be poetic and lyrical if you develop an audio blog to go along with your written work. Original creative art is always interesting to check out because it says something unique about you. What do my drawings say? That I am sometimes a very anal retentive with detail personality (LOL).
Original blog posts with your original audio, photography and other forms of art is the way to go. I've been noticing people cutting and pasting other people's work because they somehow believe a re-blog means the writer is doing some sort of creative commons license.... Some people disassemble and take what they want thinking this is not plagiarism or stealing. Got news for you: NO we are NOT giving away freebies because we post to the public and yes you are stealing when you take something without permission that does not belong to you...
Know what I think of your e-mail arguments when you get caught after I and other Rainers simply say stop: What a bunch of crap. I will not play nice in the electronic sandbox if you steal my work. That's exactly what I am thinking and i mean what I say about stealing from other bloggers is wrong and has consequences. Most people new to blogging don't know a lot, so I have a lot of patience explaining the copyright rules to them. Then there are the ones who get caught over and over and over and over... Those people flip my b*tch switch.
The Internet is not a creative-commons-automatically-in-the-public-domain so I can use it place. The Internet is simply an electronic platform facilitating the transfer of files. It's a tool like your telephone.
RSS feeds are tools as well. They do not confer rights from the owner to you. An RSS feed is just for links back to the original work because you're asking for updates on your fave spots. RSS feeds are not creative commons licenses so do not for one minute think that if you piss a writer off you can hide behind argumentative dribble like, "the Internet is public domain" or "I subscribe to your blog through RSS feeds so I can publish your work without your permission because the feed grants me access and permission..."
Oh really? Have you Googled the fines on copyright violations? You need to do your research on that one. It will not stand in court if you get caught and you will eventually piss the wrong person off and get caught big time if you do not stop.
If you blog do yourself a huge favor and protect other's people's copyrights the same way you would protect your own intellectual property. It may keep you out of a heap of trouble. For example: My kids are cute. I use them all the time. They are popping up everywhere because some people think they are models for stock photography companies. Yes, I've been lied to and told they purchased my photographs from a stock photography site (LMAO). When I explain that I am their Mother and they are real people who work for M&Ms and only for me, the conversation usually gets very interesting after that (ROTFL). Have I sued anyone? No. Will I sue someone? Maybe... Depends upon their intent and how stupid they get when I ask them to take my kids down from their websites.
My children live in ActiveRain, Facebook and YouTube. My original art is also considered to be my virtual children by me. If you take them (my brick and mortar bloodline kids and virtual children) somewhere I did not intend for them to go I shall politely ask you to send my babies back home by removing them from your unauthorized areas. I will only ask one time because my creativity, like my kids, belong to me. If you do not receive me, then you can receive something more official to prove how serious I am about protecting my work and the reputation of the wee people.
If something that I do can help you and others I have no problem considering giving you my blessing but you have to ask me. I am very open about Autism and PDD-NOS issues. I tell a lot about my quirky life. You don't get to put that in a book without my permission. You don't turn them into a brochure. If you are not one of my blogging buddies that I routinely tell to use whatever they find useful (e.g. Big Mike, Margaret Rome, Elizabeth Weintraub, Lizette Fitzpatrick, TLW, Paddy Pizappi, Melodious, etc... ) don't pretend that joining Club Chaos automatically makes you one of my bay-bays. I know who the bay-bays are because they are my friends. They are the family I get to pick for myself. I know them. They know me. We know how far to go. We apologize when we go to far. First we tried, then we trusted each other. We have contact in ways you have no idea of. Friendship is a beautiful thing and I absolutely love my friends. Don't abuse your virtual friends and your social media platforms. You can be kicked out of virtual places if you are not careful and there could be liability issues that hypothetically may wipe out your savings if you lose in a court of law.
Faking friendships with other writers to steal their stuff is a no-no. You will be found out. Friends talk among themselves. Stealing the work of your competition because you want their Google juice is a no-no. You will be found out. Thinking that Rainers will not sue other Rainers for blatant copyright violations is a lie from the pit of Hell. Being in the same group as another member does not a friend make. Leaving a comment on a post that you are going to use the post, then cut and paste from it like you created the work is a no-no. When Wordy C writes a long comment on your post, you can not one week later cut and paste it into a blog post with a bit of clip art for 200 points. That's a no-no. Matter of fact, that is seriously bad blogging (LMAO). Cut your own comments into a friggin' post, not other Rainers. That comment on your blog post belongs to me. I am having a conversation in cyberspace, not supplying you with new material to steal as your own post later on. Those comments are part of your record concerning who responded and how, HOWEVER, they are not your intellectual property. It's no different than a YouTube video being embedded in the comments section. You certainly didn't gain any new rights from someone like Pink or a band like U2 for it being there now did you? What the hell makes you think you can steal rights from other Rainers? Because we're nice??? Did I mention I have a b*tch switch? (LOL)
Do you see where this conversation is going? Don't take me seriously because I routinely don't take me seriously? That's fine (or may be a no-no if the B-switch is activated). However, even my silly bouts of misbehaving on-line belong exclusively to me. When Wordy C reads her e-mail and answers back you can't collect them and my Twitter tweets and compile them into a book. You need permission. Quoting me once or twice is not the same as devoting a chapter to my work. Twitter does not own our tweets nor does Twitter give you a third party license to collect them for a tweet-publication. Tweets are 140 character micro-blogs. Your Twitter landing page is the one comprising a collection of micro-blogs that belong to your profile. Imagine miniature outside blog if the thought escapes you (LOL). So what if we are chatting openly among friends and the general public at large on a blogging platform. Lack of privacy in a written conversation does not constitute lack of intellectual property rights by a blogger tweeting thoughts and linking back to ActiveRain or another website so you can read the whole story. It also doesn't give a person rights to music because they Blip.fm a song into the Twitter stream and it friend-feeds that into Facebook. Yes, I have had the argument and am still having it with people who should know better but don't (LMAO).
You can't embed the YouTube of a song in ActiveRain because someone else did it or it's in your friend feed. How many times do I have to say watch your copyrights? Yes, it is a lot of fun, but did you fax or e-mail and ask permission? Was permission granted? Did you use a sight like Blip.fm that has contractual arrangements with Twitter, iTunes, Amazon, the record labels, etc. Do you know who has or doesn't have arrangements with Facebook? Stop pointing to other platforms and saying it's okay to continue it over here because it is not. Read the community rules (and stop driving Harlen crazy...) I have 820 people to worry about. Imagine the handful of people at ActiveRain having 158K plus members to worry about. Can we give these people a friggin' break? I certainly need a break. I have been e-mailing my behind off about copyright concerns. I am a wee bit tired playing Chaotic Mama to a handful of recalcitrant cyber-children. I love you dearly, thus the gentle spanking.
Pay attention to your platform's terms of service. You, as a writer creating intellectual property for publication, should always monitor your work and create as much original content as you can. Quoting is cool. Fair use is cool. Get creative with sticking with the rules. Your creativity can open so many doors if you take the leap of faith and color your virtual world with yourself... Need music? Buy a license or get your permission in writing. Cover your a$$. People tend to forget where they left their car keys. Do you think a band is going to remember they said it was okay three years from now when the record label attorney drags you into a hypothetical class action lawsuit against YouTube-Users as a hypothetical user who violated the ActiveRain and YouTube terms of service agreement? They are tracking down grandmas and 12 year olds right now regarding copyright violations people. Don't believe me? Google it...
Respect the re-blog, the RSS feeds, your writing neighbors and all copyrights. The blog and bank accounts you save may be your own... Just sayin... :-)
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