Blogging as a creative field has been the worst victim of copyright infringement. Because it is involved in large volumes and also the laws are not clearly specified.

But as an emotion copyright infringement is a slap to many efforts. First of all to the effort of the content creator where you lifted it from and also to the effort of a reader who came looking for original content on your website.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property, applicable to certain forms of creative work. Some, but not all jurisdictions require “fixing” copyrighted works in a tangible form. It is often shared among multiple authors, each of whom holds a set of rights to use or license the work, and who are commonly referred to as rights holders.These rights frequently include reproduction, control over derivative works, distribution, public performance, and “moral rights” such as attribution.

Source: Wiki

What can you as a blogger do to prevent copyright infringement?

Call out as you see. If you know people who have lifted your content, send them an email raising a concern. If they don’t respond, send one again as a reminder. If they don’t reply yet again, shout out to them on social media. And even despite this public calling they send you no response then approach your community. While a lot of people call this ‘naming and shaming’, we call it ‘community protest’. Why else do we blog and not write in silos?

But what if you observe a fellow blogger or a content creator indulging in copyright infringement?

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

While we understand it is sad, we suggest call out those people on private message. Then email. Send reminder. More reminders. Do this until a message is received. We personally say avoid the community route here. Maybe keep it when your own content is infringed. Or if the said content is involved in a contest/sponsor campaign.

Around the challenge we have built up a rather interesting festival as well called the Blogchatter Writing Festival– celebrating the blogger to author journey.

Did we say author?

Oh wait. Have you not seen last year’s post challenge Blogchatter Ebook carnival? Championed by Chitra Divakaruni we received twenty six ebooks during the month of May all self-published by our community members.

This time we have eight popular authors who are coming along as part of our mentor program for festival, taking up special twitter chats and facebook live sessions to further your publishing dream. Read more here: Blogchatter Writing Festival

As part of Festival we will once again be opening our portals for your self-published ebooks (in case you choose to convert your April blogging challenge into one). You can ping us here or anywhere you find us for queries, etc.

This month we will also be taking up the #AtoZChallenge with you. Celebrating better blogging across platforms through our theme:

Blogging Ethics

Add your post below in the linky and take a deep dive into the sea of blogs that gets connected with us ! You can also add your link to our Blogchatter Reading List– Discover more blogs and get discovered !