ON THE INTERNET:
It is a lot easier to copy the work of others than it is to research a topic
from scratch. But if that is done without the permission of the original author,
such usage is copyright theft, defined by international laws which are recognized by almost
every country. The USA recognizes the copyright ownership of books, magazine
articles, WWW text, etc, by Canadian authors and vice-versa.
If no copyright legislation was in place, no author could earn a living.
Yet many individuals and groups feel that the Internet should be free of
regulations. They re-publish other authors' text without permission.
We occasionally run across written material on the Internet that we recognize as
originating from our own web site. Sometimes they are direct copies; other times, they delete a few of our
words and add a few of their own. We usually write the other Webmaster a letter asking that they acknowledge
our copyright and reimburse us for lost income. We base our financial request on
$1.00 in U.S. funds per 1,000 impressions of their copy; this is the approximate
revenue loss that we experience from the loss of our banner ads.
By mid 2000, the problem seems to have escalated, so we started to keep
records of unauthorized copying:
Note: "No response" by the offending webmaster is not
necessarily an indication that he/she is ignoring our request. There is a very
remote possibility that they did not receive our Email, and that we did not
receive a "not deliverable" message.
In recent years, we have largely given up tracking copyright theft of our web
site. Our prime motivation is to spread accurate information, and so web sits
that steal our content are simply disseminating information more widely.
However, our site, office, and part-time paid staff member cost a lot of money.
We will defend our copyright if any material of ours is published elsewhere and
reduces our revenue significantly.
Copyright © 2000 to 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2000-JUL-21
Latest update: 2006-APR-05
Author: B.A. Robinson