My Demented Ramblings About Copyrights and Graphics Use
It's all in BLACK and WHITE.
Violators will be hunted down by the Hound of Hell (Spacedog) and force fed maggot sandwiches.
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Text that is not my own has been stated either as "author unknown" or authors name is provided.
HAS A SITE DOWNLOADED AND USED YOUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL?
A few simple tips to help you track them down.
Webrings are an excellent resource. People who copy your material will want to get their website noticed and they will list at Webrings or the so-called "Top-Sites". If you have a horror/halloween site search those types of sites. If you write poetry, search poetry sites, etc.
Use the search engines. Simply type in a short sentence of your material at any search engine. If somebody has copied your text there is a very good chance the search engine will find it.
Be specific about use of your material. State clearly copyright info and what may or may not be used. Copyright each html page and each graphic.
If you find a site using your material write to the webmaster asking them to remove the material OR give you appropriate credit and tell them to do it within 24-48 hours. Let them know if they do not do this you will write to their webhost. Webhosts and Isp's do not want to get involved in legal disputes and in most instances will remove the offending website with little or no notice. In order to get the website back the host will force them to eat a maggot sandwich. This is particularly true with Tripod, Angelfire and other free hosts.
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