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Why I Hate the WordPress “Reblog” Feature (And So Should You)

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I awoke this morning to an inbox with four notices that content to which I hold the copyright had been “reblogged” by three different bloggers who decided that instead of creating new content themselves, they’d borrow my SEO ranking, research, … Continue reading

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How Money and Fame Have Changed Fanfiction

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By Jonathan Bailey, Plagiarism Today In July 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con, director Christian Gossett and Alec Peters debuted a short film entitled Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar. The film was an unofficial (or “independent” as they referred … Continue reading

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The Right to Yelp: What the New Laws Mean for Social Media Users

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In December 2015, the U.S. Senate passed a national “right to Yelp” bill, and that legislation is pending in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, last week Maryland followed California by passing the country’s second state “right to Yelp” bill. I’ve … Continue reading

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Science Fiction, Charles Dickens & the Comedy Podcast: A New Look at Plagiarism

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How would you feel if a short story you had sold to a magazine was photocopied and handed out by a college teacher — or posted on the university’s website for free download? What if the magazine was defunct, and … Continue reading

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Social Media Law Updates You Might Have Missed

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It’s been awhile since I posted anything about social media law. The truth is that since I’m not a lawyer, I tend to get sidetracked and not pay much attention to changes in social media law until something happens that … Continue reading

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What I Learned from the Worst Employee Ever

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Recently, a reporter asked me to describe the employee who haunts my nightmares. I’ve been supervising employees for more than 33 years now, and I’ve a managed thousands of employees in my career. But it didn’t take me long to come … Continue reading

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Are You Careful (Enough) In How You Phrase an Online Review?

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A writer friend of mine called me this morning before 9 a.m. I knew it was important, because when a writer picks up the phone that early in the morning, it usually involves blood or at least gore. Not this … Continue reading

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Is Apple Changing its iTunes on Copyright, Resale?

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In December of last year, I published a blog post about the issue of digital asset ownership after the original owner dies. For years, Apple has insisted that the license to access content purchased on iTunes ends with the death of … Continue reading

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Pink Slime Makers Sue Diane Sawyer for $1.2 Billion

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Few of us will forget the images plastered on the nightly news last year of “lean finely textured beef” (better known as “pink slime” after the news report). But did you remember that it was veteran newswoman Diane Sawyer who broke the story? I … Continue reading

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Can a Company Require Customers to “Like” It on Facebook to Qualify for a Product Warranty?

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Sandy Berger, a correspondent for the syndicated Computer America radio program, reviewed a new version of the KUBE MP3 players after this year’s CES show. Today, she posted this on her Facebook page.  “BTW, the new KUBE that I just … Continue reading

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