Putting salt in the wound, photographers and other creatives often are even more frustrated when infringers don’t make things right when accused. Such was the case for a Alison Green at www.askamanager.org when she discovered someone copied her reader’s resume cover letter from Alison’s website. Alison explains what happened next, including receiving a barrage of excuses and accusations.
When someone infringes your copyright, the infringer usually offers some excuse to try to avoid liability. Many of these excuses appear compelling on the surface, but they don’t stand up to the law. Check this article on Excuses, Excuses that identifies some of the more popular excuses and what copyright law provides to counter them.
Some of the infringer’s excuses are completely fabricated, causing even more frustration for the copyright owner. But why are we surprised when infringers lie? They stole your work in the first place. Why would they do something right after being caught?
But sometimes infringers do the right thing, as reported by Alan Wexelblat at www.copyfight.corante.com. Even though John Green (no known relation to Alison, but be sure to watch his great video) didn’t mean to steal the quote, he determined how much he owed and made things right in awesome ways, including paying the originator for it.Check Photo Attorney on Lynda.com, in the Lynda.com Article Center, and on Twitter!