Saturday, 12 January 2013
Mindful Afternoon, Poetry and Copyright
It’s been one of those absolutely filthy afternoons outside, the heavens just couldn’t decide whether to snow or rain on us; Millie and I trudged through mud and slush, in vain hoping for a doggie friend to appear to lighten the load. So what could be better than coming home to a hot cup of tea, some left-over Christmas biscuits and a pile of poetry books. Sheer bliss.
The above is offered as a not very challenging small stone for the Mindful Writing Challenge which has reminded me to lay something else before you, namely the question of publishing other people’s poetry on a blog. Lots of us do it. Recently two friends, one of whom reads my poetry blog, warned me that I am quite probably in breach of copyright doing so, since when I stopped posting. I love poetry, frequently read it and enjoy introducing new and well-known poets to other bloggers. Have any of you who reproduce poetry on your blogs ever had any officially adverse reaction? Lots of poetry is freely available on the net but what about poetry taken from anthologies or collected works?
I shall start publishing again, in fact, right now. My poetry blog is such a modest affair, hardly read, with very few comments, that I can’t see it causing offence, even if I am breaking copyright laws at times.
Any thoughts on the matter?