There are increasing requests from people wishing to work in Ecuador.
Our goal is to help readers learn how to earn in Ecuador or anywhere with their own web business so they have freedom to live were and how they like.
For example Merri and I love to take our hound with us wherever we go.
Here she is while we are earning in Cotacachi, Ecuador.
Here we are on the Pacific beach in Ecuador.
or on our North Carolina farm…
in Salva Wales…
with our daughter’s dog Jack… Two of our daughter’s have young beagles Jack, and Poppy. Ma… now a 12 year old hound… tolerates them.
Some think we are crazy taking our dog so many places… but the point is with out own web business we can live and go were and in the way we choose!
You can too. We offer a course to help our readers start their own web business. This freedom not only makes life more enjoyable but also reduces the cost of living.
This is why we are sharing a free course on how to create your own website without a webmaster written by Michelle Toole. Here is the 34th lesson in this course.
To Copyright or Not to Copyright that is the Question
by Michelle Toole.
Ok so you’re new to the Internet and you have just written your first e-book and you are wondering what happens if someone takes my work and sells it as there own? Do I have any recourse? Should I copyright my e-book and what about my web site? All of these are good questions and are cause for some interesting discussions on the internet.
Here are the facts:
“All of your content AUTOMATICALLY has a copyright, whether you register it or not… or whether you indicate the copyright or not. However, it’s always better to indicate and date your copyright ownership at the bottom of every page. You are protected online by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That said laws are always vague and to take someone to court and actually win is a tough road to maneuver.”
Everything from April 1, 1989 is copyrighted by the owner or author whether is has a notice or not.
“Considering the vastness of the internet, the possibilities can seem overwhelming the best advice is to take steps to protect yourself the best you can, take action if you find someone has violated your copyright and let go and get on with your business.
1) Copyright every page on your site by adding the following to the bottom…
Copyright © 2009 Your Name. All Rights Reserved.
2) Burn your Web Site to a CD every 3 months and date it. Leave it in your safety deposit box, with a notary or attorney as of that date.”
3) Copyright your e-book upon completion and Copyright your web site every 6-12 months. It’s cheap and not difficult to do. It’s easy and cheap, http://www.copyright.gov.
The first one is an absolute must. The second two are not “must do’s” according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But they set you up much more strongly, if you ever need to go to court. Imagine producing material that has been copyrighted in court, straight from a rip-off site? Wow!
But remember, you likely won’t use this in court — but it makes you bullet-proof with Search Engines. THAT is what is important, if you ever need “swift justice.” If someone is duplicating your web site or e-book a simple straight forward email to the search engines (Google, Yahoo and MSN) and they will shut the offending site down!
Once you have taken all the steps necessary to protect yourself forget about it! That’s right because it does not deserve all your time and energy. You do the best you can, put safeguards in place; occasionally check around to see if you have been copied (http://www.copyscape.com) and if all is well then ALL IS WELL! You have a better chance of being struck by lightening! Stay focused on what counts, your success!
Look for my future articles and tips where we discuss monetization options, search engine optimization, incoming links, additional e-zine techniques, link exchange programs and much more…..
You can check out Michelle’s web site at http://healthy-holistic-living.com. To get more great tips, like the ones above and to see how and what tools she used to create a successful on-line business go to http://sitesell-sbi.com
Until next message, may we all be blessed with a dog’s life.
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