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Bill Platt of The Phantom Writers Article Distribution Service, invites you to reprint this article in your print publication, ezine, or on your website. This is a Free-Reprint article. The only requirements for publishing this article are:

  • You must leave the article and resource box unedited.
  • You must forward a copy of the ezine or newsletter that contains the article inside to the author at: bplatt@thephantomwriters.com.
  • If you post this article on a website, you must set the links up as hyperlinks, and you must send us a copy of the URL where the article is posted.
  • The Free-Reprint Articles Powerhouse and Copyright Law
    Copyright 2002-2005, Bill Platt

    Writing articles is definitely a very solid method of building 
    a client base for your online business. There is no doubt about 
    that. The writers I speak with who use free-reprint articles 
    for the promotion of their businesses all proudly talk about 
    the success articles have brought to them.
    
    Articles will generate substantial traffic to those who write 
    well. Even better, a considerable amount of the traffic will 
    convert to sales. 
    
    The Internet is a rocky super highway. Thousands upon thousands 
    of people have had their dreams shattered by the realities of 
    marketing online. 
    
    Less than 5% of all online businesses will survive, so it is 
    important to try to do the things that the 95% do not do. I 
    will tell you one thing now --- more than 95% of all online 
    marketers do not even attempt to use articles for the promotion 
    of their businesses. 
    
    I have written a number of articles telling people about the 
    promotional power of free-reprint articles. In fact, I have 
    built my business on free-reprint articles, by helping others 
    tap into the promotional powerhouse for themselves. 
    
    I have often said that one should investigate writing their 
    own articles. I have even said that ideas of inspiration can 
    be found in reading the works of others. 
    
    I wish to re-emphasize my original direction to find inspiration 
    by reading the words of others. I said that reading around 
    should only be used for inspiration. One will discover that 
    as they read someone else's point of view, they will suddenly 
    see an idea for an article on what may be a similar, but very 
    different tact. 
    
    One should NEVER take the words of the original author and make 
    them their own!!! Nearly every article you read will contain a 
    copyright notice. The copyright notice is legally binding, 
    supported by federal law. 
    
       Helpful Link:
       The Digital Millennium Copyright Act - Overview
       http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/iclp/dmca1.htm
    
    If you are writing your own articles but borrowing a few 
    sentences from someone else, YOU ARE STEALING! Copyright 
    violation is a criminal offense that can find you in court 
    and defending your bank account!
    
    Words that I write and put into a free-reprint article do carry 
    clearly stated "terms of reprint". Let us review those real 
    quick:
    
       This is a Free-Reprint article. The only requirements for 
       publishing this article are:
    
        You must leave the resource box unedited.
        Minor editing to the article is permitted.
        You may not use this article in UCE (Unsolicited 
         Commercial Email).
        Email distribution of this article must be opt-in email 
         only.
        You must forward a copy of the ezine or newsletter that 
         contains the article inside to the author at:   
         mailto:bplatt@thephantomwriters.com
        If you post this article on a website, you must set the 
         links up as hyperlinks, and you must send us a copy of 
         the URL where the article is posted.
    
    
    Where in these "terms of reprint" do I give permission to 
    borrow a few sentences or paragraphs from one of my articles 
    to form the basis of your article with your name in the 
    resource box? 
    
    I have read these "terms of reprint" again, and I still do not 
    see the permission to use my words in this way! What am I 
    missing here?
    
    Let us writers be aware, there are those in the our Internet 
    writers community who deliberately disregard our "terms of 
    reprint" to take our words as their own.
    
    Folks, if you are just getting started in using free-reprint 
    articles to promote your business, please realize that it is 
    completely unnecessary to steal the words of others! Inspiration 
    resides in all of us, and we can find it in the most bizarre of 
    places. 
    
    In my original article on this topic, which was written for 
    Max Shifrin (one of my ghost writing clients by the way), 
    this is what was said:
    
       When in doubt, I always turn to the search engines to find 
       inspiration. I might have a general subject in mind, but I 
       might not know how I want to address it. That is until I am 
       reading someone else's view of this subject, and Boom!, 
       inspiration strikes.
    
       A spark goes off in the old brain and I know exactly where 
       I am going tonight. I know exactly how I will proceed with 
       my new issue and article. 
    
       When I am done, you could look at the original source and 
       never understand how I decided my slant on the article. 
       That is because the source being read only serves to spark 
       the inspiration from which the article will be written.  
    
    The actual article this segment came from was an article 
    titled "Online Publishing: Where Do You Want to Go Today?"
    
    
    This topic is being addressed today for one very important 
    reason. I keep seeing my words pop up in the articles of 
    another! These words are derived from articles I write in 
    my own name and in the articles written for my clients. 
    While everyone can read this article, it is actually only 
    intended for one person. They know who they are.
    
    In the meantime, this article also serves as a warning to 
    those who are just getting started with this very lucrative 
    promotional technique. There really is no reason at all for 
    anyone to steal from another to become successful online. 
    When we tell you to copy what works, we are not telling 
    you to literally steal what is working for us!
    
    And to the one person who is choosing theft as the basis of 
    their business, be forewarned. I am watching you and gathering 
    a portfolio of examples to use against you in a court of law. 
    When I have gathered together my case, you will be hearing 
    from my attorney. Funny thing is, you do not know how many 
    people I actually ghost write for, so you have absolutely no 
    idea how deeply you are exposed! Thinking on Lewis Carroll's 
    "Alice in Wonderland", how deep does the rabbit hole go? Think 
    about it.
    
    There is only one way for the perpetrator to avoid the 
    courtroom in this case. Make your confessions and agree to 
    my terms for keeping yourself out of the court room. This 
    is not just about me and my ego. This is about the value of
    the work that has been done for my clients who have been 
    ripped off as well. The ball is now in your court. I will 
    await your message. 
    
        mailto:bplatt@thephantomwriters.com
    
       UPDATE: This person has since gone Out of Business. 
       That works for me. ;-)
    
    
    Folks, honesty is always the best policy. Honesty will keep 
    you out of court and in the black. Find inspiration where it 
    may reside and use that inspiration to join those of us who 
    are in the 5%, by using the powerhouse that free-reprint 
    articles represent in the process of growing your online 
    business. 

    Bill Platt owns http://thePhantomWriters.com . Do you need free content for your website or ezine? Our archives deliver more than 2000 free-reprint articles available for your use. We can also put your articles into the hands of publishers and webmasters who have opted-in to receive articles from our clients. http://thePhantomWriters.com/distribution



    This article was originally written: May, 2002


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