Yay! It’s the day I answer your blogging and marketing questions.
Welcome to the very first Q and A Friday – Your Blogging and Marketing Questions Answered! Every Friday I will be answering questions from my students and readers. Please submit your questions in the comments, reply to my emails or hit the contact button above. That’s pretty self explanatory, so without further adieu, here we go!
“I have accumulated home made beauty recipes and meditation exercises and from may different books. l would like to use them to create my own eBook to use as a free giveaway. Should I give footnotes, acknowledgements or just change things up a bit to make them my own?”
It is never a good idea to use others copyrighted material without written consent. Anything that you find in books or online is copyrighted as long as it is original content. There doesn’t have to be the © symbol or say copyright for it to be so. Copying is plagiarism plain and simple. Don’t do it! However, you can get ideas from these sources and rewrite them in your own words and put your spin on it. It’s a nice idea to say inspired by or adapted from and give the original writer acknowledgement. Be sure to read up on the legalities as I am not an attorney.
As for recipes, the law is a little fuzzy. Here is a quote from the US Copyright Office
“Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds, or prescriptions are not subject to copyright protection. However, when a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.”
In my opinion you should rewrite the recipe as you’ve made it, in your own words, rather than just tweaking someone else’s recipe.
“For marketing, how many forums and or blogs should you go to and post comments and should this be done daily?”
You can read my answer to this in Forum Posts and Blog Comments – How Much Is Too Much?
Please submit your questions in the comments, reply to my emails or hit the contact button above. Keep ’em coming!