Friday, January 18, 2008

Do Not Break Any Copyright Laws

My last post about making money from blogs made out from articles taken from free article directories received a comment saying that this system is against the law. I wanted to respond to this quickly because I don't want anyone to think that I am encouraging people to break any copyright laws.

To illustrate my point of view I would like to quote Article Marketer's publication guidelines:

Xxxx Xxxx offers the following royalty-free article for you to publish online or in print.
Feel free to use this article in your newsletter, website, ezine, blog, or forum.
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PUBLICATION GUIDELINES
- You have permission to publish this article for free providing the "About the Author" box is included in its entirety.
- Do not post/reprint this article in any site or publication that contains hate, violence, porn, warez, or supports illegal activity.
- Do not use this article in violation of the US CAN-SPAM Act. If sent by email, this article must be delivered to opt-in subscribers only.
- If you publish this article in a format that supports linking, please ensure that all URLs and email addresses are active links.
- Please send a copy of the publication, or an email indicating the URL to dfcinvestments1@ yahoo.com
- Article Marketer (www.ArticleMarketer.com) has distributed this article on behalf of the author. Article Marketer does not own this article, please respect the author's copyright and publication guidelines. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use this article.
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Of course, when you choose an article to republish on another website, you must comply with the article directory's terms and conditions. Not all article directories allow you to do this, but Article Marketer and Ezine Articles are among those that do.

I was pretty flattered that someone found my article good enough to copy it and republish it on his blog; I knew it was a possibility when I submitted my article to Ezine Articles and honestly this was what I was hoping for; as long as the links from my "author box" work and no changes were made to the article, I am getting links to another blog and free publicity, so what is there to complain about?


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3 comments:

The knowledge lady said...

You did not read the last part of the disclosure, it reads "Article Marketer does not own this article, please respect the author's copyright and publication guidelines. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use this article." In other words the author MUST be contacted BEFORE publication. The webmaster or blogger must get the author's permission to re-print the article. That is where the copywrite law was violated - by not getting the author's permission.

Sophie LC said...

Although the websites advise publishers to contact authors before publishing their articles, it is not compulsory as authors submitting articles to these free directories agree to their articles being published elsewhere.

Malzona's Blog said...

hi there! Let me share you this..

"No additional permission is required from the author of any article within our directory as long as you agree to every term listed above in section 1. a) thru 1. n)."

link: http://ezinearticles.com/terms-of-service.html