Now that my daily readership is in the double digits (HAH!), my ego hopes that some day something that I write will be good enough to tempt someone to use it. I try to attribute everything I use, but I know that not everyone does, so I wanted to be ready in case there was a problem. Today I took steps to protect my intellectual property.
I was surprised to learn from Michelle that anything I produce is automatically copyrighted. The copyright symbol can be compared to a "Beware of Dog" sign; it lets people know that I recognize my intellectual property rights, and will take steps to protect them. I followed the advice and checked two places to see where my posts may have appeared in cyberspace:
- Technorati lists links to my blog. While I was there I actually found someone I admired who'd added me to her Blogroll without letting me know. I felt honored!
- I used Copyscape to search for copies of my page on the Web. The site searches for words matching text in any of my posts. Although I didn't find any exact duplicates, there was actually someone who did a Numerology quiz (which I did on September 12th) who had the same answers as I did. Great minds think alike. There was also a flurry of posts from people who used the obscure words (September 24th) that have been proposed for deletion from a dictionary; as we were all using the same list of words, there was a great deal of overlap.
Michelle had a whole section in her post about what to do when someone does plagiarize your work, but since I'm not there yet I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.