Monday, October 13, 2008

Numly Numbers

Ok, this a new one for me. While browsing around for more info for this blog, I ran into Numly Numbers. Numly calls itself a "copyright and license management corporation" that provides electronic serial numbers for digital content. What does that mean?

Basically, if you add original content to the Web, you can use a Numly number to prove ownership of the material. Bloggers can even get a service where a Numly number is generated each time a post is made. This is a way to help prove ownership of content should it be plagiarized. Is there a foolproof way to ensure this does not happen? No, but using Numly numbers could be a step in the right direction.

According to a user can get 100 numbers in a month for $4.95.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Libraries and DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) helps libraries when it comes to possible copyright infringement. Libraries can comply with DMCA by posting a notice on library Web pages with information on who to contact should copyright infringment take place on the page. The library should also have takedown procedures in place, should infringement occur. For more complete information on DMCA, visit

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Protecting YOUR Original Content

I've discussed possible infringements on the copyrights of others, but how can you make sure that your original content is not used by someone else? For example, what if you post an original short story to your MySpace page and the story is then used elsewhere?

Originality could be traced back to you through a digital paper trail, but it is important that when posting original content on the Web that you keep a log of when and what you post, to help maintain this trail. This can be done by archiving Web pages. All posting should also include a clear date. Posters of original content can also register a copyright for the material by going to the U.S. Copyright Office at

Miller, K. (2008). Copyright in a social world. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 15(3), 14-16. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from LISA database.