Protecting Your Copyrights

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Copyright protection has been a hot issue lately, especially in the blogosphere. A category of software called "sitescrapers" exists solely to steal other people's content and quickly build a website. The intent is that search engines will index such scraped sites, and because of the volume of content, the site will rank high and thus grab more web traffic. Traffic of course translates into online advertising dollars. While the reality is some scraped sites are succeeding, search engine companies are constantly improving their indexing algorithms to avoid unfairly giving advantages to a "splog" (spam blog) and other scraped websites. In the meantime, however, many bloggers are complaining that their content is being lifted in its entirety (including the ads!), without permission. What can bloggers and other online writers do to…
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Word Origins – Lurch

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Dr. Larry K. Uffelman of Mansfield University, in the Star-Gazette, gives the origin of the phrase "to leave in the lurch". The surprise to me is that it has to do with a defunct game similar to backgammon known as "lerch". (I'm an amateur backgammon player, but I've never heard of lerch.) On the other hand, a bit of digging might show that other games, say chess, have given birth to new words. Technorati Tags: countwordula, count wordula, word origins, lerch, lurch
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Who’s Dooming Who? Or Strange Bedfellows

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Media moguls have always had the advantage over the rest of humanity in that they can easily spread their viewpoint of the world in their newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations. Not surprisingly, most media moguls are for any policies or politicians that favour big business. And as a result, these moguls are often labelled right-wing. This is what Senator Hillary Clinton, wife of US ex-President Clinton, implied a few years ago, when President Clinton was going through a great deal of criticism for his extra-curricular activities in the White House. I don't remember if she explicitly criticized Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch (whose News Corporation includes right-leaning Fox TV in the US), but the implication was there. So it comes as quite a surprise, to me anyway, that Murdoch…
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Welcome To CountWordula

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About you If you've come here, why should you come again? What's here for you? Well, if you're new to writing online (including blogging) and want pointers on writing better, and links to tools and resources, then you might just find something here for you. Or if you're just interested in the printed word, language, symbols, semiotics, photography, or communication in general, come back often. Subscribe to the Count Wordula RSS web feed, if you prefer that sort of thing. If you are looking for very blogging-specific advice, you may also want to check my older, less-maintained Blogspinner V3.0, V2.0, and V1.0 sites. If you want details about customizing your blogging platform - particularly WordPress - please visit my CodeProfessor Journal. About me For as long as I can remember,…
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