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Let’s Be Serious Just This Once…..

By Kalamitykelli @venuscorpiogirl

First off, I just left the kitchen and I have concocted the most wonderful jam I have ever made and I don’t think anyone else has ever done it – well, that’s a little too ambitious a statement, but I’ve never heard of it before. I will post early in the morning I hope.

Now, I’ve asked to be serious just this once only because I think it is important. Many of you who are my blogger friends are young and ALL of us are well-intentioned so please, please, please read this paragraph and then read the two links I have provided.

Earlier this week, I was scrolling through Google +, mostly because I was missing Face Book and I’ve made some great new friends there, when I found a shared link (thank you Lizzy Do) to someone named Roni Loren. She is a fiction writer who, with the best of intentions, got caught up in the most miserable awful mess I’ve ever read a blogger get caught in. However, it is apropos to my situation leading to me taking down my FB page and more than anything it is a cautionary tale for each and every blogger should read. I believe Ms. Loren is brave and courageous for bearing her soul for the whole world to see. I have asked her permission to blog about this and lead you to her site so you, like me, may become better educated about what is legal and illegal. While we all have feelings about what is okay and what is not – when the law is involved, as you will read, feelings do not matter. The first link is how she was sued (and lost) for publishing something that wasn’t her property and the second link is a follow-up and of interest to most of us, a Q & A involving many aspects of copyright law but most prominent is how it relates to food bloggers and recipes. Thanks, and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/7/20/bloggers-beware-you-can-get-sued-for-using-pics-on-your-blog.html

http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/8/2/faq-on-the-blog-photo-debacle.html


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