Are you a blogger?
Do you own a website?
If so, there’s something really important that you need to do.
And, you need to do it January 1st.
Are you wondering what “it” is?
In order to find out, I’m going to ask you to do one little thing.
Only read this blog post for the next 5 minutes.
That means you can’t look at TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or your iPhone or Droid.
This will only take 5 minutes. I know…5 minutes is a long time for bloggers.
2016: All Bloggers Must Do This January 1st
All bloggers…and website owners worldwide, need to change the copyright date on their blogs.
On, January 1st.
That’s right: On January 1st, 2016, you’ll need to have a ©2016 located someplace on your blog.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a:
This Home-Based Franchise Business
Includes 6 Different Profit Centers
Or, an Automotive blog
You still need to have the correct copyright date.
If you want to protect your valuable and original content, that is.
Here’s the hashtag to use to remind every blogger around: #copyright2016
All of the bloggers that write and/or own the blogs listed below need to do the exact same thing.
Copyright Information For Bloggers
I’m going to share a paragraph from the Electronic Frontier Foundation concerning *copyright law. It concerns what others are allowed to grab from your blog.
*I’m not a lawyer. Maybe someone from one of these law blogs can better explain blog copyright law.
“The Copyright Act says that “fair use…for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” So if you are commenting on or criticizing an item someone else has posted, you have a fair use right to quote. The law favors “transformative” uses — commentary, either praise or criticism, is better than straight copying — but courts have said that even putting a piece of an existing work into a new context (such as a thumbnail in an image search engine) counts as “transformative.” The blog’s author might also have granted you even more generous rights through a Creative Commons license, so you should check for that as well.”
Wasn’t that fun to read? Do you totally understand it?
In the meantime, please share this blog post, so every blogger in the world doesn’t forget to change their copyright date on the 1st of January.
And, please use this hashtag- #copyright2016
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