Need to Know: Intellectual Property


A recent topic that hits home, not only because its part of my day job, is intellectual property rights. As the saying goes, everyone steals from Shakespeare and Shakespeare stole from everyone else. Its pretty much common knowledge that no writer’s work is entirely comprised of original material. We are all influenced by the world around us. But what happens when you use what isn’t yours and don’t even know about it? Well, you don’t always get slapped on the wrist with a stern warning to never do it again. No one shrugs their shoulders these days and says, “What’s done is done.”

Author Roni Loren recently published the following blog about how she was sued for ignorantly using an artist’s image. It didn’t matter that she had no idea the image was even owned by someone, until that someone exercised their right to that ownership. It also didn’t matter…

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