cupidsbow (cupidsbow) wrote,
cupidsbow
cupidsbow

Copyright Dilemma

So I got an email the other day that made my go like this: O_O

It was an official-sounding copyright agency saying that I was owed money for the reproduction of one of my online essays, and please get in touch so they can pay me.

And... I had indeed copyrighted those essays, so that corporations couldn't take them for free and make money off them (this was before CC was something I knew about). But if I'd been asked, I would have likely granted the academic use I suspect the essay was put to without charge. (I haven't heard back from the agency yet with details, so I'm not sure what the use was.)

I posted those essays to the web so that any scholar could use them as a resource, free of charge.

I dunno what to do about this. Maybe give the money to the EFF? That sounds about right.

Has this ever happened to any of you?

When I put up my new website I'll CC everything, so hopefully this won't happen again... although if the money is a lot (which I highly doubt), there's a temptation to keep everything copyrighted and send all future proceeds to EFF and Creative Commons. That seems ethically dubious though, given my stance on the public domain. Right? Right? *sigh* Darn ethics.

This entry was originally posted at http://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/341533.html.
Tags: copyright, ethics
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 11 comments