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Share your poetry with piece of mind…the simple truth about copyright.

The information contained below is not legal advice. It is a short and practical interpretation of  United States Code  Title 17 copyright law and does not substitute in any way the professional services of an attorney. 

Years ago I learned that mailing a copy of my original work to myself  was a ‘poor mans copyright’ because it activates copyright protection without having to pay registration to the US Copyright Office. I also learned that original work needs notation of the copyright sign and the author’s name so interested parties can see that the work  is protected.    That bit of copyright education carried me confidently into the world of online social centers, specialty networks, and the opportunity to put my works on display for the world to see.

Browsing various poetry networks, I noticed the posting of original poetic works was small compared to other specialty niches. And when my poetry blog showed up in the top 50 sad poems on Network Blogs I knew there were lots of poets not yet posting.

Suddenly I wanted to tells poets and other artists the simple and important truth about copyrights;  how easy it is to protect your original work from unauthorized use, and to enjoy your exclusive rights as a unique creator.

So I researched the US Copyright Law, read the US Library of Congress and the US Copyright Office websites, visited legal information sites, and read articles on copyright.  As I outlined my understanding of recent copyright law, something became very clear,

 Five Fundamental Truths About Copyrights

 But before you read any further, I want to offer you a direct link to the June 26, 2011 US Library of Congress copyright basics june2011 publication…if you would prefer to read it directly from the federal agency.

1) When you write a poem, you create a unique work of authorship, it is yours. YOU OWN IT.

2) Because you own it, you automatically hold exclusive rights to its reproduction, distribution, public performance, and, you have legal remedies should someone infringe upon those rights.

3) As a proud poet and copyright owner, you can claim your rights and put potential thief’s on notice.   Effective notice looks like this: ©2011kerryldaley and includes three elements:

a. copyright symbol. [use the copyright sign (alt0169) or the word copyright]
b. date the work completed. [year]
c.  name of the copyright holder. [full name; well-known nickname;initials]

4) Copyright infringement that continues despite notification of unauthorized use can end up in court. Recent legislation requires the subject work be certified by the US Copyright Office before taking legal action. US Copyright certification can occur anytime during the life of the copyright.

5) US Copyright Law grants authorship rights and copyright protection to the original author of unique works. Period. Your work is protected even if formal USLOC registration has not occured.  But, if you decide to publish the work and sell copies, registration with the USLOC must occur within three months of the first publishing. This requirement  helps build the USA record of works created and published within its borders.

For poets who are leery of sharing their copyrighted work (yes, it’s already copyrighted), I hope that you are enthusiastic and confident about  your copyright and the protections granted you as the copyright holder. I want you to share your poetry with peace of mind because you know the simple truth about copyrights.

Legalzoom has a good article that explains the difference between copyright and copywrite, and a useful post called ‘Can you trademark “you’re fired!”, and other sayings?

Here are two sites that show how to make the copyright sign in different operating systems: eHow and http://www.copyrightauthority.com

Additionally, http://www.copyrightauthority.com provides a helpful flow chart of the copyright process.

Here is a non-profit site that competes with the US Library of Congress. http://www.myfreecopyright.comis a free digital copyright registration service that provides legitimate public record of ownership and maintains its own national database of copyrighted items. Works submitted to myfreecopyright.com are protected and have been effectively used in court.

Finally, since this post intends to bring poem sharing enthusiasm to poets everywhere, I am including an exciting list of online poetry communities.

Poetry Workshops
www.poetry-express.org
www.zpoems.net

Poetry Networks
http://poetry-network.com
http://writers-network.com
http://outlawpoetry.com

Poetry Forums
www.thepoetsanctuary.net
www.everypoet.org
www.wildpoetryforum.com
http://allpoetry.com

Poet Directories

www.poetswest.com ($10.00 membership fee)
http://www.poetrykit.org/

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Internet Dictionary For Beginners. 
Important first words for building your online presence and experiencing the social network buzz.

 A one page list of common start-up words with hyperlink definitions from www.netlingo.com  and Wikipedia.

Community Invitation: Please use the comment option to suggest more helpful definitions.    

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Quick Reference Guide

For New Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, and Social Networkers

 

Most of these definitions are from: www.netlingo.com/word/
Affiliate marketing
Banners
Blog/Blogger
Brand
Chat room
Cloud
Content
DNS
Domain name ($$)
E-commerce site
E-mail
Host
ISP
Keywords
Link
Network
Niche    (Wikipedia Definition)
PDF
Platform
Post
RSS Feed
Social Bookmarking
Social Networking
Social Media
Tags/Tag Cloud
Web 2.0
Web traffic
Website
Whitepaper (aka freebies) (Wikipedia Definition)
Widget

 

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Free Visitor Counters Help Blogging Efforts – Lessons Learned 5

I’m amazed at the amount of visitors a beginning blogger can reach in a short time with minimal posts and little social bookmarking activity. Imagine the visitor traffic you’ll get when blog post and social networking efforts increase!!!

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My free visitor counters show that:

  • Popular Blog Hosting Platforms Bring Lots of Visitors1962 people visited my combined blogs at WordPress.com and Podbean.com.
  • Increasing my Social Bookmark Activity and Memberships will Increase My Web Traffic!  See Lesson Learned #1   for my best practices on social networking.
  • Poetry is more popular than Pictures. Songs of Love and Dance  is in ‘the top 50 Poetry blogs’ on NetworkBlogs, and has 1 comment and 1 subscriber. [264 all-time visitors]
  • Home, Welcome, and About are Top pages.
  • ‘Public Access USA’ links (Government websites) get clicked more than ‘My Favorite Bloggers’ links.

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Free visitor counters tell a story. . . People visit my site because:

  1. HOST written blog  I use a reputable and popular free website host, WordPress.com. where blogs are automatically recommended to other WordPress bloggers based on topics and tags. [1180 all-time visitors  March 9, 2011 thru May 31, 2011]
  2. HOST – audio blog  I use a popular Audio blog host, Podbean.com, to showcase my vocal ability. [307 all-time visitors  April 15, 2011 thru May 31, 2011] 
  3. SELF PROMOTION PLACEMENT  I have well placed links to my other blogs so visitors can check my entire brand, if they choose.   [ 83 visitors came from within WordPress platform]  / [5 visitors came from Podbean.com]
  4. TWEET EVERYTHING  My posts are automatically Tweeted [13 visitors from Twitter] and Shared on Facebook. [10 visitors from FB]
  5. PUBLIC PROFILE  I have a Gravatar social profile. [81 clicks..source undetermined]
  6. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING  My blogs are on StumbleUpon [4 visitors from SU], Digg,  NetworkBlogs.
  7. BRAND BUILDING  I joined the Seeded Buzz. [8 visitors from SB]

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How do I know these 7 things influence my visitor statistics? 

When I compiled all the visitor data from my Wordpress.com Site Stats, from my Twitter account using TwitterCounter (it’s free), and from my Podbean.com visitor statistics, a distinct trend appeared.

The result showed highest visitor activity in these seven areas with number one and two having the most influence (hits), number three having the next highest influence and so on. 

These free visitor counter tools are a big help because I can use the information to further share my social networking  journey.

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More notable data from my free visitor counters: 

  • Twittercounter:  I have 70 Followers; Follow 400; and have tweeted 110 times as @songbirdgold on Twitter.

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Here are some related blogs as referred by WordPress.com

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Want More Social Network Mind-Boggle and songbirdgold (Kerry L Daley)?

Polling Place: Another brand building experience by Kerry L Daley

Check out my new polling place blog at For the Love of Beaches .

Coming soon to The Social Network Mind-Boggle:

  • My quarterly statistics….I’m amazed.
  • Copyright in a Nutshell…not legal advice.
  • WordPress.com promo…lessons learned.
  • More Freebies…useful .pdf

Keep the comments coming and please, please feel free to offer feedback on The Social Network Mind-Boggle and I’ll try my best to comment too.   

Thank You!

Kerry L. Daley  

songbirdgold  – on Twitter and YouTube

 The Social Network Mind-Boggle –WordPress blog

 Songs of Love & Dance, a poetic work  -Wordpress blog

songbirdgold, –Podbean Audio blog .

Kids Classics-my favorite childhood books.

by Kerry L Daley, in response to seededbuzz member Jane Fordham’s   Seed entitled Memories….books I read as a child.
this article is a seededbuzz Buzz

Favorite Kids Books

What a delightful and welcomed invitation: What childhood books got you through your childhood and early adolescence?

Well, I still have ALL of my childhood books and was happy to take these two off the shelf , dust them off, and display them for this post.

It’s not just the story inside that I cherish but the actual books themselves. The way they smell and feel. The childish pencil marks inside the cover that, although fading, read ‘Kerry Lynn Daley my Best Book’. 

Charlotte’s  Webb, written by E.B. White , illustrated by Garth Williams, copyright 1952 and originally published by Harper & Row.

It’s still being printed 60 years later.

I must have read this book 50 times during my childhood and early adolescent. I could not get enough of the love, sympathy, compassion, and determination that each page brings.  I see now that Charlotte shows the same kind of concern and compassion for Wilbur that I feel for the people of whom I advocate everyday. I am one of those people who ‘always votes for the underdog’ simply because they are the underdog. 

The Doll Of Lilac Valley, written by Cora Cheney and illustrated by Carol Beech, was first published in 1958  by Alfred A Knopf.

It is a delightful story about a little girl who goes to visit relatives for the summer. She takes along her trusted companion, a doll named Kathleen, and during the long bus ride, they get separated.

Oh how I related to loneliness and the pain of separation. The agony of  having to face the world with a great big hole in my heart, missing so deeply those whom I loved and cried for.  I would read the chapters and study the illustrations and feel deep empathy for little Laurie all the while looking forward to the profoundly happy reunion at the end.

These are the books that came to mind as I read Jane’s post. I am grateful for the opportunity to remember and acknowledge why these particular books were my favorites and to share what they meant to me as a child and as an adult.

Here is another buzz on the same topic seed. It’s written by Wealie’s World entitled My Favourite Childrens Books.  Wealie describes her top ten favorite childrens books and provides links to buy them. 

And finally, here are links to related articles as recommended by WordPress.com.

My childhood dream job was being a singer but I also enjoyed making up jingles and commercials. In the Eighth grade I played the public defender in a mock trial.  That experience made me really want to become an attorney. As an adult, I have sung professionally. I spent 10 years working public service in the legal field and 28 years (and counting) as a freelance paralegal.  And I still create jingles for personal pleasure and comic relief.

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