Though common sense, good manners, and copyright law should be enough, I guess I have to say it: All Rights Reserved on all written material at https://juliedemboski.wordpress.com http://askjulie.wordpress.com and http://dogandsunflower.wordpress.com and on any illustrations by me. No Creative Commons Licenses have been granted for any of my sites or material. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all permissions. Please note, all automatic feeds that give a few lines and link directly to my site (as in the form of those sites listed under Astrology Aggregators) are both acceptable and encouraged. Everything else, including manual ‘harvesting’ of posts, is prohibited.
To use any written material from any of my blogs in a form other than the lines/ link described above, illustrations under my copyright, or for inclusion of any of my material in any other published forms, please ask, and wait to receive written permission before publishing. And, presenting the title of my post and portions of it, and/ or my name as a way to drive traffic to your site are specifically prohibited.
In an age where access to and easy duplication of others’ material is at our fingertips, there needs to be a firm recognition that intellectual property is no different than material property. The misunderstanding is not about attribution (though that’s certainly important) or whether the person taking the material is profiting, but about what copyright really means: that the creator or other rights holder retains control over the subject material. It is the copyright holder’s prerogative to decide where and how his or her creation is used, not the right of even the most well-meaning reader or enthusiast. As to the internet being a no-barriers no ownership of material place, this attitude exists only in persons who lack a grasp of the need to protect the creative rights of artists/ creators of all kinds so that they can not only control their creations but profit from them, and thereby be enabled to continue to produce. It should be my choice when and how my work is offered to others, and the law agrees.
I find it discouraging to have to address this issue; lovely individuals who wouldn’t think of stealing something from a retail store happily steal from a website. Please think carefully before taking any material from anyone without permission, and have a firm understanding of the concepts of intellectual property ownership before using others’ material.