Misconceptions about what copyright covers, and doesn't cover, are common. Knowing what's true and what's not about intellectual property rights is important: especially with so much free-floating misinformation, like:
- 'I found it on the Web, and anyway, I'm not charging for it, so copyright doesn't apply, right?'
- 'Everybody's doing fanfics. If I write my own story about Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy, that's not copyright infringement, right?'
It's a pretty good summary of copyright, despite being 3 years old. The author isn't a legal expert, but he seems to have a firm grasp of what's so and what's not.
Knowing about copyright is important for bloggers: especially those whose blogs refer to what other people have written. Although starting with "10 Big Myths" - or using it a sort review - is a good idea, I recommend reading more than Mr. Templeton's page.
Related posts on Apathetic Lemming of the North:
- Copy, Steal, Rob, Whatever: Another Violation of Intellectual Property Rights (August 3, 2007)
- Copyright Infringement, YouTube, and Video Sharing (July 28, 2007)
- Sploggers: Intellectual Property Thieves (July 28, 2007)