Poetry Friday: Copy What?
January 25, 2013
Do I have
to post an entire work, a photograph, a painting by
a poet? A lyricist? An artist?
Public domain? What's that?
Fair Use? Who's she?
Is Intellectual Property
really that smart?
There's the Cardinal.
Copyright & Fair Use at the Stanford University Libraries.
US Copyright Office at the Library of Congress
Understanding Fair Use at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Legal Guide for Bloggers.
Not to mention
Blogger copyright tips.
A college is even offering
a free course on
copyright, but I missed
Maybe next time?
Oh, I hear ya. I worry about that, too; to the point where I don't often post whole poems anymore. I also think that from unpublished poets, whose work is otherwise hard to find, it is a kind of PR. On the other hand, I respect people needing more than attribution - and even part of a poem is better than none...
But I like your way of putting the info out in blank verse. ☺
Posted by: tanita | January 25, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Tanita, it's tricky, isn't it? I had to double-check a couple of sources to make sure what I was doing with the Twitter stuff last week was kosher. There's a local-news blogger around here who runs other people's photos all the time (with attribution but without permission) and it drives me crazy.
To call the above "blank verse" is kind! Thank you.
Posted by: Susan T. | January 25, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Love the poem! It is a can of worms, isn't it? Somebody recently started following my blog. I checked out theirs, only to see that they had used one of my photos without attribution (much less permission). I guess I should've said something, but I just wrote it off to a new blogger who didn't know any better and took it as a compliment. But, of course, I'm not trying to make my living this way so I can be more generous.
Posted by: Michelle | January 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Michelle, keep an eye on that blog! People do lift stuff and use it. And your photos are so beautiful! Argh.
Thanks for the nice words about the copyright poem. Ha. The Harvard course--the online free one--said you'd need about 8 hours a week to devote to it. I guess it's okay that it was full!
Posted by: Susan T. | January 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Thanks for the links.
I count this as a success: I shared with my class a found poem I wrote using text from LIFE OF PI. First thing Ian asked was, "Isn't that plagiarism?" So we talked about my attribution and talked about another form of found poetry which involves taking someone else's words and adding to/subtracting from to make something entirely new. That it occurred to him. That was the success. Hopefully the whole class absorbed our discussion.
Posted by: Mary Lee | January 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Yes! Success! That's great that a kiddo was thinking about that.
Posted by: Susan T. | January 30, 2013 at 08:35 AM
I Love your poems a few posts back. I tried to comment but it was closed.
I'd be coming back for sure.- Cynthia
Posted by: Cynthia | February 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Thank you, Cynthia. And thanks for letting me know about the closed comments. That was a mistake, and I fixed it. I am hoping to get back to regular blogging soon.
Posted by: Susan | February 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM