Natasha (@mawbooks) at Maw Books is hosting the second edition of Bloggiesta this weekend. Now if you are unfamiliar with Bloggiesta, you can check out the link, or follow the hash tag #bloggiesta on twitter.com. Basically it is a weekend devoted to getting those pesky things done that you really, really, really need to get done on your blog. I am happy to host a mini challenge that will have a publisher donated prize that Natasha will unveil to you tomorrow at her blog.
This challenge is all about getting your footers right. Those copy rights are important. I hope to provide some information and plug ins for those who run WordPress.
The most important thing is to make sure you change the date to 2010 at the bottom. Once you have changed your footer to say Copyright (your name or blog name) year your blog started such as 2009-2010. You have completed this challenge. Just leave a link to your blog in the comments.
Some other very important things about footers and what to do when someone steals your posts from NYC based contract lawyer and City Canyons Record Label Owner Trebor Lloyd:
Bloggers should put a notice of copyright on their site for notice purposes and pay the fee (I think it went up recently but it is still quite reasonable) for copyright registration. The Copyright Office site is very clear and helpful. Everyone should give it a look. If a blogger has to bring suit then to protect his/her copyright, a registration is a pre-requisite.
Putting aside lawsuits, which aren’t always the best way to go, the blogger should notify the infringer to remove the infringing material immediately and then contact the applicable ISP (assuming that it’s another blog or website) and inform them of the infringement. ISPs don’t want to be sued for contributory infringement so they often have procedures set up for dealing with claims. The infringer could have their website or blog permanently taken down. Please note this isn’t legal advice as every situation is different.
A good way to see if someone is stealing your content is to take a paragraph from your post and put it to Google search and see if you get exact matches. Then contact the creator of the blog. Here is a stock plagiarism cease and desist letter you can use.
If you use WordPress this plug in adds a copyright to your feeds automatically. A lot of content is ripped from your feed so using this plug in eliminates that kind of theft.
If you do not have wordpress you can simply add to your feedburner or /feed a copyright of your own. Example: This post was stolen from bookalicio.us the admin of this website will now perish and be damned to eternal hellfire for eternity, or simply This post is not original content, it was taken via feed from and add your URL.
Plagiarism Today has loads of fantastic ideas on these subjects also.
I hope you get those footers ready for the coming year! Good luck and happy Bloggiesta.