September 15, 2007

Copyright Scofflaws

Blatent disregard for U.S. copyright law has become so notorious and widespread on the Internet that some of my real estate articles have been cut and pasted onto other people's Web sites hundreds of times without my permission or payment. What most astonishes me about this complete disrespect of my work is the utter shamelessness of these people (most of whom, I'm sorry to say, are Realtors) who try to argue that their free use of my articles is somehow supposed to be in my interest. If you broke into my home and stole my belongings, how would that benefit me? If I used your services and then refused to pay you, how would that benefit you? If you're not willing to pay for my articles, please don't put them on your Web site.