To clarify: General links, with brief excerpts or by themselves, are fine and actually appreciated, because I'm a linkwhore. This tends to be true of most authors, in fact. So you're fine on that account. And while I'm not crazy about people reposting the entire thing in their journals, I understand the urge to save things in case they disappear off the internet later--just make sure you tack on a name and a link for your own reference.
Icons are also fine--well, they're fine with me, whether I made them or someone else made them. Check with other writers, though.
Okay. Apparently this week is Plagiarfest and nobody told me. I have had to deal with four or five separate reports of plagiarism in the last five days alone (and, again, thank you to the people who have pointed these out to me). For those of you new to this whole intarweb thing and perhaps the concept of authorial credit entirely, lemme splain. And remember, this does not apply just to me because I am OMG so speshul; this goes for ANY AUTHOR ONLINE OR OFFLINE, ANYWHERE, EVER:
Theft is not limited to literal plagiarism, which is "Hey, guys! Look what I wrote! (cough cough)!" Theft includes plagiarism by omission, which is simply posting something without saying who wrote it at all--you or anyone else. If you see any of the following, please alert the actual author:
1. The work posted in its entirety ANYWHERE without permission
2. The work posted in its entirety on a message board without credit
3. The work posted in its entirety in a journal or on a website without credit
4. "I don't know who wrote this, but I got it off a message board and they didn't know who wrote it, either"
5. "Hey guys, this isn't mine, but I thought I'd post it to fanfiction.net anyway!"
6. The work posted on a site/board/journal/whatever with edits and changes *(substituting "s---" or "s***" for "shit" is okay; substituting a wholly different word like "poop" is not, as far as I'm concerned)
7. The work is only excerpted, which is good, but the author's name is completely misspelled and no link to the original online (if there is one) is given
8. The work is quoted, without adaptation that could fall under the category of parody, without attribution. ESPECIALLY IN CAPTION CONTESTS.
You'll notice there's a lot of overlap in that list. You know why? Because PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO GET IT. Seriously. Do not post it in a box, do not post it on a fox. I do not like creative theft and ham, I do not like it, Jerk I Am.*
From now on, and on all previous "Fifteen Minutes" as soon as I have a moment to spare, the following copyright notice will appear, with a link back to this entry:
© 2004 Cleolinda Jones. All rights reserved.
You may repost brief excerpts with author credit and a link back to this entry or the community as a whole. DO NOT repost this parody 1) without my name or a link back; 2) with any changes to the wording or language*; or 3) in its entirety on your journal, on your website, on a message board, on fanfiction.net, or on ANY OTHER PAGE ON THE INTERNET without my written permission. If you are found to have done so, I will ask you to take it down, and if you do not comply, I will report you to your webspace provider or the journal/archive service on which you have an account, and you will most likely be booted, because I am TIRED of having to deal with this. So be warned. Are we clear?
P.S. OMG DUN STEEL!
And you better believe I would do the same for another author I found being plagiarized.
* "OMG PLAYGERIZM!" Don't play with me--you know damn well what this is from.