Have I Committed Copyright Infringement? Yes, You HAVE!

Have I Committed Copyright Infringement? Yes, You HAVE!
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Angela,

I’m very impressed of your article on how to create your own anthology. I have almost 250 articles posted online and, honestly, some of them I copied from books but I also include the author and its complete sources. I’m a fan of reading books and I don’t have a talent in writing because I didn’t earn a degree. My only question is, does my work compromise the law of copyright infringement or plagiarism? If so, can you explain why?

A.D.

Yes, you have committed copyright infringement and the penalties can run to the tens of thousands of dollars per infringement. You can’t steal somebody else’s material and publish it in its entirety without permission, regardless if you give them credit or not.

Lots of people seem to think that, if something appears on the Internet, they can take it, post it, publish it, sell it, etc. The Internet is not a free-for-all. You MUST obtain written permission from the creator/copyright holder before you can republish someone’s work. Just because you don’t have any writing “talent” doesn’t mean you can steal OTHER people’s talent.

People who don’t understand basic copyright law should not have websites and blogs.

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