I can't believe I even have to say this. Our readers are all writers, editors, publishing professionals -- people with an above-average knowledge of copyright and intellectual property laws. I shouldn't have to say what I am about to say, and yet, it must be said.
DO NOT copy posts from this blog and post our material elsewhere. PERIOD.
What we have written here belongs to us, Theresa and Alicia, and to no one else.
There is one among you who has recently copied large portions of several of our posts and cobbled them together into a post of his/her own on a message board (not for the first time, either). There is another one among you who has copied entire posts from this site and posted them on a site selling shitty editing software. You are both in the wrong. It doesn't matter if you add our names or links. You do not have permission to use our writing either in its entirety or as derivative works.
I'm not talking about fair use. I'm not talking about links. Most people who use small snips and links back to our blog are being gracious and kind and make it clear that we are the authors of the words being quoted. You guys, we love.
I'm talking theft and plagiarism. If you're in doubt about whether something constitutes fair use or copyright violation, plagiarism or proper citation, you could always do the honest thing and ASK US for permission. If we want you running around message boards parroting our posts and pretending you wrote them, we will allow it. If we want to be associated with your shitty editing software, we will allow it. The fact that you neither asked permission nor properly attributed our work shows us that you know what our answers would be.
Stop doing it. Now. We've been generous, I think, about sharing our knowledge and insight and experience. This is not the way to repay that generosity.
Theresa and Her Flaming Sword of Justice