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Don’t Be Wrong About Copyright!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 3, 2008

You know how Ms. Hamilton and I whine and whine about copyright violation to you, but now you have the opportunity to see for yourselves how harmful it can be to someone you “know” when her rights are violated. Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series which many of our Blatant Bibliophile Creekview readers love, had her heart broken last week when someone she trusted had a partial draft of her latest book, Midnight Dawn, published on the Internet. The book was distributed online without Ms. Meyer’s permission, leaving her so disappointed that she no longer has the desire to finish the book. She’s even embarrassed, because the draft wasn’t fully edited and was not up to her usual standards of perfection, so those who do read the draft will probably be disappointed. She worries that if she does try to finish the book in her current state of mind, the series might have an unhappy ending, and who wants the bad guys to win? Copyright is important, and this is a great example of why. Just because you buy a copy of a book or a song or a DVD, doesn’t mean you have rights to make copies or distribute it. Only the creator maintains those rights, which is only fair. Some day when you become a famous author, song writer, or filmmaker, you’ll appreciate people respecting your rights, too.

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