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RALAN'S MARKET REPORT
2 December 2003
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Part 11: "Copyright, Schmopyright, or How to Not to Step on Someone Else's Prose"
by Ralan
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I got an e-mail a few days ago from a writer/editor/friend who had received a suspicious e-mail. The content was obviously cut and pasted directly from my "Anthology Markets" page into the body of the message. All references to where it came from were removed, so it appeared the content originated from the sender. There was a return e-mail address, so I wrote to it. I assumed that the sender was someone who didn't know any better and keep my message polite but firm: this is a no-no, don't do it again, reply at once.

The sender did respond with an apology, saying no harm was intended. No name was given, only initials, but I know who it is and that person is on my mailing list. I further asked this person to send another e-mail to his list, explaining the whole mistake, and apologizing to them as well. If he does this, the matter is forgotten and no hard feelings.

I know most of you understand written copyrights. For those who don't, here's the basic fact: anything that is written is copyrighted. Simple. Where it's written doesn't matter. It can be in a book or magazine, on a web site or in an e-mail (the content of this newsletter is copyrighted, of course). If it appears practically anywhere, it's copyrighted. What that means is you shouldn't reproduce it by any other means and then reprint (broadcast, transmit, e-mail, whatever you want to call it) it without first getting permission from the author. Also simple.

We all work hard on our writing, music, and art. Let's respect that.


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