update: copy rights
- Hi everyone!
As promised, I'm writing to let you know that things
ended very well with the author of the other site (and
swiftly too!). I didn't expect such a quick response,
but he has already altered his site and written a note
of apology. And of course (as is many times the case)
his intention was not to plagiarize but to make the
links easily accessible for his own use (-- we all
know how that is....).
I'm glad I wrote (which I only felt comfortable doing
after all of your feedback). It should be noted that
the most frustrating element of this little fracas was
the fact that the author's e-mail address was NO WHERE
TO BE FOUND anywhere on his site. It took some
serious sleuthing (including reading HTML source code)
to identify him from others with the same name and
then find a database that contained a current e-mail.
NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS include a contact e-mail :)
Regarding Nigel's comment -- I've been thinking quite
seriously about copyright and the vague boundaries
(sometimes purposely so, to allow for more creative
I read an article in today's NYTimes about a new form
of computer animation. The animators create new
characters and plots, but swipe the backgrounds from
video game software. While this creative use of
"found" material allows the animators to be more
productive and mix media in new and exciting ways, I
wonder if the artists who toiled long hours creating
the backgrounds feel ripped-off...
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- Hi, Arlyn!
Congratulations! I'm glad to know that 'all's well that ends well'!
> As promised, I'm writing to let you know that thingsI've always found that when reason is on our side, there's nothing
> ended very well with the author of the other site (and
> swiftly too!). I didn't expect such a quick response,
> but he has already altered his site and written a note
> of apology. And of course (as is many times the case)
> his intention was not to plagiarize but to make the
> links easily accessible for his own use (-- we all
> know how that is....).
like being politely straight to the point.
> NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS include a contact e-mail :)A wise piece of advice!
> Regarding Nigel's comment -- I've been thinking quiteI've also thought about this on several occasions, but have always
> seriously about copyright and the vague boundaries
> (sometimes purposely so, to allow for more creative
stuck to what I initially adopted at the bottom of every page: date of
the last update, date I created the page, and my name. The last update
is an element that is/can be considered when citing online
I don't know if it has worked, or has any legal effect (if things were
to get to that point!). It was the result of plain intuition, I think.
Curiously, yesterday I was navigating through some of Bernie Dodge's
WebQuest pages and noticed that in one of them, regarding 'searching
on line', he had 'Written by . . .' at the bottom. You can take a look
Well, wouldn't it be much easier and nicer if everybody was honest and
gave credit where it's due? I know. . . that's wishful thinking!!!