On her blog, Pope-Handy, of Intero Real Estate Services in
Los Gatos, CA, discusses the pandemic of copyright violations that exists in the real estate community, an issue that is also the very bane of my existence.
As a real estate writer, I’m frequently the victim of pilfering. I spend hours a week policing the matter, watching alerts and scouring the Web for thieves who post my work as their own or otherwise use my work without permission, often with some misguided, grandiose notion that they are doing me a favor with the “extra publicity.”
Pope-Handy, also co-author of “Get The Best Deal When Selling Your Home In Silicon Valley,” (Gabriel Publications, $18.95) writes more than some journalists I know and, unfortunately, as a result, is also a frequent victim of copyright violations. Her post mentions that she likewise must spend time away from her profession policing the habits of professionals who are supposed to follow a strict code of ethics.
In her blog post, Pope-Handy refers to my treatise on the matter, “Lifting Editorial Content For Your Blog Or Web Site Is A Federal Crime.”
Even that story has been stolen!
I’m documenting my experience as a serial victim of copyright infringement with each “Cease and Desist” order I send to violators, so that I may build a strong case and one day make a strong legal example of someone who steals my work with impunity.
In a court of law in this country, ignorance or other “reasons” for breaking laws are not defensible positions.
If warnings don’t suffice, let content crooks beware that their ignorance could very well become the bane of their existence.
I’m pretty much fed up with what amounts to white collar crime that continues to make me a victim.