A Closer Look at Creative Commons Licensing

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We’ve spoken about copyright before on here on LWI, but a lot of scribblers are still unaware of some of the pitfalls out there, especially when it comes to the Creative Commons (CC) licenses. As I’ve often said, when it comes to copyright infringement for both content and images, it is always better to err on the side of caution.  Unless you’re a hundred percent certain that using someone else’s work can’t possibly get you sued, don’t use it.  When it comes to this issue, ignorance of the law doesn’t count.  You are always at fault even if you don’t know what copyright means, and as such, if you’re sued you’re more than likely going to have to pay up.

While titles of books are not subject to copyright, and you can use them as you please, the content of books and also songs are very much so, unless they…

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MAGICAL REALM

 

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Photo Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Here we all are again another week. Today we’re sitting in a virtual air-conditioned library in a virtual large city. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Marie Gail Stratford. Thanks, Marie Gail.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/1-april-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

MAGICAL REALM by P.S. Joshi

Betty grabbed a hand towel and wiped her forehead where the sweat inched down.

It was midsummer in the city and intense heat bounced off everything outside. Even breathing was an effort.

Lucky she had a magical realm to escape to. Her coach waited outside.

“Princess,” her dad said as he opened the door of his taxi. “Off we go to the land of castles, princes, and wicked witches.”

Shorty he pulled up in front of the main library. Betty got out. “Bye Dad,” she called as she walked up the steps and into the air-conditioned land of books.

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The problem of book theft …

Authors need to beware as Susan explains.

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Close to two years ago, I discovered that my eBooks, both of them, were being listed for sale on a site about which I’d never heard before. They were not under contract to sell my eBooks nor was I receiving any payment for the nearly 1000 times the site reported my novel had already been downloaded. There was a link on the site authors could write to, if they felt their copyright had been infringed. So I wrote, asked them to take down my books, and … nothing happened. That’s when I contacted my friend Tim Baker, whose books were also listed on the site, and he wrote this blog post about our experience. Many of our friends also took up the cause, sharing this blog post and following up with more information as they heard of it – good friends like Chris Graham who blogs as The Story…

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THE MEMORY BUS

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction – March 27th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members just follow the link below, then click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/sunday-photo-fiction-march-27th-2016/

Genre: Romance Fiction

Word Count: 3+200=203 Words

THE MEMORY BUS by P.S. Joshi

Sean Wilson sat comfortably on the top level of one of the last Routemaster buses in London. They only traveled on a couple heritage routes now. It was one of his “remembering” days.

The face of the woman sitting opposite him in the aisle seat had faded away and he now saw his dear Annie. It was on a similar bus they’d first met.

In a voice like silver, she’d said, pulling off her gloves, “I just moved here from Aberdeen.”

Until then, he hadn’t noticed she was wearing gloves. He’d heard of love at sight but hadn’t believed it. She was magic and her golden hair glowed. He couldn’t think of a thing to say.

He must have looked stunned because she laughed. My name’s Annie Macintosh, what’s yours?”

His name, what was his name? “Sean Wilson,” he blurted out. Now she’d think he was stupid.

But she laughed again. “Do you always take this bus, Sean?” Another passenger walked between them.

His brain froze. Did he? Finally, “Yes, yes,” he almost shouted.

“Say, mate, this seat taken?” a deep voice asked.

With a mild shock, Sean came back to the present and his fellow passenger. “No,” he said.

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THE SOLUTION

 

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Here we all are again another week. Today we’re sitting in a virtual garage in a suburban neighborhood. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is  as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/25-march-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE SOLUTION by P.S. Joshi

“Willy Bancroft”–his wife shouted–“are you ever going to install our new toilet or do I have to call a plumber?”

“But lovey”–Willy whimpered–“I am a plumber.”

The toilet remained in the garage another two weeks. It had occupied that venerable position for three months. Willy always seemed busy–working for others.

“Willy”–Doreen shrieked–“I mean it this time. We need a new toilet. The old one barely flushes. It’s an antique.”

“Sweety”–Willy wheedled–“I’ll do something about it today.”

The potted flowers in the bowl did improve it a little.

Doreen called a plumber.

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CASE OF THE MISSING WIFE

 

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Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–March 20th 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just follow the link below, then click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.woodpress.com/2016/03/21/sunday-photo-fiction-march-20th-2016/

Genre: Crime Fiction

Word Count: 5+200=205

CASE OF THE MISSING WIFE by P.S. Joshi

“I tell you, Mable, I haven’t seen his wife for days. There’s something wrong.”

George Mason stared at his neighbor’s house with keen interest. He’d retired and needed something to do, so turned amateur sleuth and watched his neighbor, Frank Cordill.

Mable shoved a pie into the oven. “Your imagination is running wild. I saw Ruth at the supermarket and there were bruises on her face. She must have left him for a good reason.”

“Yeh, well”–George took another look–“let’s see if he takes his boat out this year. The ice has melted now.”

In a few days, Frank hitched his trawler to his Chevy Silverado truck and drove toward Lake Michigan.

A month went by and he didn’t return.

In the paper one evening there was a big headline:

BODY FOUND IN LAKE MICHIGAN. IT’S BELIEVED TO BE MRS RUTH CORDILL. HER HUSBAND IS MISSING AS ARE HIS CAR AND BOAT. ANYONE KNOWING THE LOCATION OF FRANK CORDILL, NOTIFY THE LOCAL POLICE.

George shook his finger. “I told you, Mable. He killed her and dumped the body.”

“Yes”– Mable said as she set the table–“and you’re never, ever going to let me forget it are you?”

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Church Bulletin Bloopers

Hilarious.

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Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

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1. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

2. Announcement in a church bulletin for a national PRAYER & FASTING Conference: “The cost for attending the Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

3. The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.”
The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”

4. Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall – Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

5. Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.

6. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.

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