When we are dealing
with business on the internet, there is only one thing worse
than a spammer...A COPYCAT!
What is a Copycat? Someone who goes to your web site, hits
the select all button, and COPY. Then they paste it in their
own web site, changes the business name, and pooof... someone
just copied your complete business. Not much work involved
in that, is there? All the long hours, hard work, and frustration
of getting everything just perfect has been stolen from you.
I don't think there is anyone lower than a copycat.
Let's just take a step back and define what a copycat really
-A copycat is not someone who takes an idea and creates their
-A copycat is not someone who uses a similar sentence.
-A copycat is not someone who uses the same forms.
-A copycat is not someone uses the same ad copies, but changes
All these are not considered copycat.
-A copycat is someone who copies your designs
-A copycat is someone who takes a finished product and copies
it word for word.
-A copycat is someone who has absolutely no creativity of
-A copycat is someone with no morals.
Now let's take a look at our legal rights as business entrepreneurs
who work hard and create a business we can be proud of.
*Are we victims of copyright infringement?
*Can we sue these copycats?
*Do we have rights?
What these copycats do is nothing short of a total outrage.
We, as business entrepreneurs, do have rights. However, they
are limited and restricted, so we need to be careful or we
will be throwing a lot of money to a lawyer without a cause.
In researching the copyright laws, here is what I found:
"Copyright exists from the moment the work is created.
You will have to register for copyright, however, if you wish
to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work."
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created
in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately
becomes the property of the author who created the work.
What does copyright protect?
-- Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects
original works of authorship including literary, dramatic,
musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies,
songs, computer software and architecture.
Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods
of operation, although it may protect the way these things
-What works are protected:
Copyright protects "original works of authorship"
that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation
need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated
with the aid of a machine or device.
Copyrightable works include the following categories:
(1) literary works;
(2) musical works, including any accompanying words
(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music
(4) pantomimes and choreographic works
(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works
(7) sound recordings
(8) architectural works
-What works are NOT protected:
Several categories of material are generally not eligible
for federal copyright protection.
These include among others:
-Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression
-Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols
or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation,
lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
-Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts,
principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from
a description, explanation, or illustration
-Works consisting entirely of information that is common property
and containing no original authorship (for example: standard
calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers,
and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common
And for all the copycats out there, here is exactly how much
of someone else's work you can take without getting permission:
--Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute,
it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including
quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting,
and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting
the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of
musical notes, or percentages of a work. Whether a particular
use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances.
Copycats are despicable people, who do not have a creative
bone in their body. They actually think they are running a
business by copying other businesses works and putting it
on their site.
Put pity on copycats... If they are not smart enough to create
their own work, then you know they are not smart enough to
succeed at anything. Now, you know the basic laws of copyright.
For more detailed information, please visit:
You will be able to get all the information you need pertaining
to copyright laws and also all contact information you may
need for registering your own copyright for your business.