You know what I don't like? I don't like liver. Never have. Never will. But most of all, I really don't like people who steal my work.
January 7th, 2007 - I have decided to release some of my works to public domain. Others are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. Look at the bottom of a page to find the notice of copyright.
I continue to retain a full copyright protection on the majority of my work. That is noted on the individual works.
Prior to 1/7/2007 notice:
Every page of this site is copyright protected. Actually, I don't even have to tell you this. By international legal agreement every document, image and file on the Internet is copyrighted the day it is posted.
For several years, I posted my AppleWorks/ClarisWorks tips and tutorials on the site to aid my fellow computer users. I provided these pages for free, even though I paid for the space to post them.
I do not allow anyone to post them elsewhere on the Internet. Nor do I permit them to be altered in anyway for use off-line. If you cannot use them "as is" then write your own!
I do not permit them to be posted on an intranet.
You MAY NOT take my activities off this site and post them in a personal website, school website, or in any intranet.
On rare occasions, I did allow nonprofit schools to print my computer how to lessons. I required a letter, on school letterhead, that listed the specific lesson that they wanted to print. Some schools gave me the respect of contacting me.
Use of the materials in this web site constitutes an
Important information for educators regarding copyright law:
Copyrights and Copy Wrongs - Education World Series
Copyright and Fair Use - What about placing materials created under fair use guidelines on the World Wide Web?
What's the harm? You are posting them for free anyway.
I consider it an insult to me when a person steals my work. It demonstrates contempt for my rights as an author and techie. I spend hours researching, working out problems, writing, and editing my work!
I made a cloth banner celebrating my son's football team. It was made of fabric with appliquéd footballs and helmets. When I posted it in our yard, someone stole it. It had been screwed to the posts so they no doubt ripped it in the process of removing it. I was heartbroken.
People stealing my words from here are no different than the miscreant(s) who stole the banner.
But I'm stealing them to help schools...
That does not make a bit of difference to me. In fact, it makes it all the worse. If you are short a desk, do you walk into a furniture store and steal one? If a child needs a pencil shall they just take one from your desk?
You would not tolerate the behavior from a student. Why then do it yourself?
Feel free to link to any page, but DO NOT STEAL my work.
Do I check?
Absolutely. The same remarkable universe that brought you to my site makes it easy for me to check. How do you think I found the ones on the right?
What can I do about it?
Actually, since I am publishing this material I can sue you and your organization for damages because you are interfering with the economic value of my work. I will win hands down.
Be aware that when I find my work posted elsewhere without my permission, I may notify the individual involved. I do notify their boss this includes principals, superintendents of schools and school boards.
In the case of personal web sites, I notify the ISP involved. If you read your ISP agreement, I believe you will find they can terminate your account for complaints like this.
What is the solution?
Feel free to link any page on the site. I recommend sticking to the main index pages so that if I reorganize or have to move the site, you can relocate the resource easily.
Amazingly, this page has been my most effective method of protecting my work.
Take my link off.
A copyright violator recently emailed and called me several times demanding I remove the links to the pages where he admitted he had posted my work without my permission. I declined to do so.
I carefully document the file(s) and URLs when I find postings of my work both plagairized versions and the stolen ones. If you choose to steal my work, you choose to be posted here. Only I choose to remove the links. I choose not to remove them.
Your best choice is to respect the work of others and not post mine without my permission.
My thanks to all the teachers, organizations, students and techies who use the resoources of this site with integrity! Kudos to you!
Stolen May Internet hunt http://exchange2k.riverbank.k12.ca.us/rhs/briggs/calendar/may.html
Stolen April Internet hunt
the Internet Hunt
Stolen: March Hunt : http://www.ccsd.edu/ffms/mrmal/MarchHunt.htm
hunt - http://www.pleasantdale.k12.il.us/elementary/
Stolen: Thanksgiving hunt -
Stolen: Inventors http://www.hashgts.k12.nj.us/ms/Wallace/Grade8/inventions.htm
Stolen Harry Potter hunt
Stolen: Computer hunt
Stolen: Computer hunt http://schools.sd68.bc.ca/dove/teachers/bcurrell/search/computersearch.htm
Stolen Computer hunts combined
Stolen: Computer Hunt
Insides Out Hunt
Stolen: September Hunt http://incarnationcatholic.org/september.htm
Stolen: December Holidays hunt http://www.logicalchess.com/hayes/lecturenotes130/christmassearchexercise.html
Scienceaces.com has posted several Internet activites of mine in her web site and taken credit for them.
Hers: Basic Body Internet Hunt
Mine: Basic Body Internet Hunt
Mine: Fresh Water in Pennsylvania
Sir Isaac Newton's Laws Internet Hunt
This teacher has stolen 6! activities
for 5, 6, 7
Stolen: Outstanding African Americans http://www.schools.manatee.k12.fl.us/webdisk/sharp/WebPages
Plagiarized : Winter hunt http://adgray.msad40.org/winter%20studies/winterst.html
Plagiarized: Computer Hunt http://www.ncf.edu/keystothefuture/computer_scavenger_hunt.htm
Plagiarized: Computer Hunt http://www.howeisd.net/~jdmurray/
Making a 100 day hunt with 100 questions would be a daunting task unless you just ripped off questions from other people's work. http://www.usd435.k12.ks.us/trc/maryz/100dayhunt.html
Updated 3/23/07, ©2001 Cynthia O'Hora All rights reserved.