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Your Doctor’s Contract Might Claim Copyright on your Reviews

02.02.12 in General by Max

This is a bizarre case taking copyright law and take-down notices to an extreme. According to this article, lawyers representing doctors have found in copyright law a way to discourage bad reviews. (more…)

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Copyright Infringement Case of the Day: SkyNews ignores licensing restrictions from the public

02.01.12 in Exposed, General by Max

Back in 2009, while we were working on building Myows Online Copyright App, I remember reading about Sky News using a Twitpic picture by Joe Neale without permission or licensing and the debate that followed.

In Today’s case, the perpetrator is again SkyNews, this time using a 1 minute Youtube video without seeking permission and then using legalese bullying techniques to reach an ersatz settlement. (more…)

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Copyright Infringement Case of the Day: Curebit Steals Design and Code from 37signals

01.31.12 in Exposed, General by Max

Unbelievable case today, and shocking response from the copyright perpetrators, Curebit, a startup that recently received 1.2M$ in funding and couldn’t be bothered to pay the few thousand dollars it would cost to design and code their own landing page. Poor form Curebit. (more…)

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Copyright Infringement Case of Day: Would the Real Creative Please Stand Up

01.27.12 in Exposed, General by Max

With close to 50 000 Twitter followers, Jacob Cass is a celebrity in the design world. He runs the popular logo award site Logo of The Day and publishes regular great articles on his website, JustCreativeDesign.

Many freelance designers worldwide aspire to be him; some taking it too literally as this Tweet may attest.

So today we have a case of a brand identity specialist who’s own identity is being used by an unscrupulous thief in hope of getting work from Freelancer.com – imagine the disappointment on the client’s face should he fall for it?

Thankfully, as a design professional, JustCreative seems to be proactive about it. (more…)

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Copyright Infringement Case of the Day: MWEB’s ad takes from Numericable

01.25.12 in Exposed, In the News by Max

I’m going to expose the biggest cases of copyright infringement I find online on a more regular basis. Why? Because it angers me that some people think it’s OK to steal other members’ of their own community’s work, only to claim it as their own.

So today, let’s have a look at how MWEB (South-Africa) blatantly stole Numericable’s (France) ad. (more…)

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What Plagiarists Say: 6 Most Common Excuses by Copyright Thieves

01.21.12 in General by Jonathan

Whether you are dealing with plagiarists online, in an academic environment or in the workplace, odds are that you’re going to hear a lot of lame excuses for the misdeed.

Over the years, I’ve heard hundreds of excuses and I often joke about writing a book of “Things Plagiarists Say” made up of quips from my email box from people caught taking the works of others without attribution.


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Rampant Kindle Erotica Copyright Abuse

01.18.12 in General by Jonathan

When it comes to plagiarism, Amazon has been dominating the news this past weekend, largely due to an article by Adam Penenburg of Fast Company, who detailed Amazon’s recent troubles with plagiarism in its erotica section.

The problem is fairly simple. Amazon, through its Kindle Direct Publishing program, makes it easy for authors and small publishers to upload works for sale on the Kindle platform. However, as with any other self-publishing platform, the system has become a target for abuse by plagiarists and others wanting to turn a quick buck selling the creators of others.


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Testers needed for the Myows Cogen (Contract Generator)

01.16.12 in Announcement, General, Legal by Max

We’ve been working on this feature for over 6 months – busting both legal and development challenges – and I can barely contain my excitement as we are nearing releasing the Myows Cogen to the world and offer you a way to generate, send and get approvals for copyright licenses relating to your work. (more…)

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Myows is giving away a Dribbble invite

09.09.11 in Announcement, General by Max

If you’re a web designer, UI Master, illustrator or general pixel-wrangler, you already know about Dribbble, the exclusive basketball-themed designer club.

To get in with the big boys (and girls) you need an invite – and those are hard to get by. We have one to give away and we need to choose wisely. (more…)

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Myows on The Next Web

09.09.11 in General, In the News, Myows Buzz by Max

The Next Web published today 5 ways to Protect Your Work Online and says “Myows is by far one of the most elaborate services available to protect your copyright online for free.” (more…)

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