More About Copyright from Linda Ellis...
The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis
"I am simply an author and a poet, growing my brand and trying to inspire people daily."
I do, as the author, Linda Ellis love to share my works...in my books, on my website, and on my blog. I ask if anyone wishes to share my inspirations (which I hope you do) with friends and family that you use the means we have installed on each...the share buttons. This way the work stays where it belongs and can still be shared with others through a link. As always, I love for any of my work to be recited anywhere at any time.
Send all copyright questions and issues to us directly.
We will answer fairly and amicably, as we have for almost 20 years.
With the expansion of the Internet over the years, many intellectual property owners have watched the devaluation of their products. If you saw a "widget" in a store, a product which the store owner produces, markets and sells, and you took that widget and shared it with hundreds of thousands without permission, without making any payment, that would be considered theft. There would be repercussions for your actions, including payment to the store owner and further penalties for freely giving his product to others. This is because you had taken that which does not belong to you without permission or making required payment. Perhaps, for some reason, you did not know it was the store owner's property -- that still didn't give you the right to take it without permission and further disseminate it to potentially hundreds of thousands. You may believe you are innocent -- that you didn't know the widget had a creator. However, if something exists...someone, somewhere had to create it...wouldn't you agree? The fact that you may not have considered the creator of the product you took without permission, does not change the circumstances, or minimize the damage your actions have caused.
Copyright is the law. It was created to protect the works of those of us who do create...the painters, the musicians, the photographers, the authors, and the poets. Unfortunately, today copyright laws are disrespected and ignored, if ever acknowledged at all. The Internet has the capability to turn what was once a valued inspiration, as well as someone's product, into a public domain product, altered from its original version. Eventually, its value is diminished and its original form is altered and diluted. The creator slowly loses the integrity of his/her original inspiration. For more than 20 years, I have worked to prevent my copyrighted work from becoming public domain. We have systems in place to negotiate fair and amicable agreements with businesses and organizations who have distributed my registered copyrighted work on the worldwide web, etc. without authorization. Our enforcement efforts are also an effective deterrent for others who wish to misappropriate and distribute intellectual property.
The owner of copyright has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:
(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
(3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
(4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly;
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
(6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
Linda Ellis has been forced to protect the value and integrity of her registered, copyrighted work for more than 20 years.
Due to the offensive and incorrect information posted by disgruntled cyberbullies (whom she had to take to court for protection),
Ms. Ellis must now protect her livelihood more vehemently than ever.
We are currently pursuing lawsuits that could and should have been avoided
due to those who followed the slander posted by grossly uninformed individuals.
Reciting Linda Ellis' work (with author attribution) at any public gathering is always permitted (and appreciated). It’s the printing, reproducing and/or distribution of these copyrighted works that require permission and in many cases, a Limited License Agreement. We have systems in place to maintain the value and integrity of her registered copyrights. If you wish to share any of these works, links are provided and we require that you use these links in lieu of publishing/posting any work by Linda Ellis. In a line from Linda Ellis' most popular poem:
“If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile
remembering that this special “dash” might only last a little while.”
That’s exactly what this is, a matter of respect…respect for another’s property. Registered, copyrighted works are considered legal property in the eyes of the law, not only in the eyes of their creator. We thank you in advance for your respect.