Reciting Linda Ellis' work (with author attribution) at any public gathering is always permitted (and appreciated). It’s the printing, reproducing and/or distribution of these copyrighted works that require permission and in many cases, a Limited License Agreement. We have systems in place to maintain the value and integrity of her registered copyrights. If you wish to share any of these works, links are provided and we require that you use these links in lieu of publishing/posting any of Ms. Ellis' copyrighted work. In a line from Linda Ellis' most popular poem:
“If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile remembering that this special “dash” might only last a little while.”
That’s exactly what this is, a matter of respect…respect for another’s property. Registered, copyrighted works are considered legal property in the eyes of the law, not only in the eyes of their creator. We thank you in advance for your respect.
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"I am simply an author and a poet, growing my brand and trying to inspire people daily." ~Linda Ellis
I do, as the author, Linda Ellis love to share my works...in my books, on my website, and on my blog. I ask if anyone wishes to share my inspirations (which I hope you do) with friends and family that you use the means we have installed on each...the share buttons. This way the work stays where it belongs and can still be shared with others through a link. As always, I love for any of my work to be recited anywhere at any time.
Send all copyright questions and issues to us directly. We will answer fairly and amicably, as we have for almost 20 years.
With the expansion of the Internet over the years, many intellectual property owners have watched the devaluation of their products. If you saw a "widget" in a store, a product which the store owner produces, markets and sells, and you took that widget and shared it with hundreds of thousands without permission, without making any payment, that would be considered theft. There would be repercussions for your actions, including payment to the store owner and further penalties for freely giving his product to others. This is because you had taken that which does not belong to you without permission or making required payment. Perhaps, for some reason, you did not know it was the store owner's property -- that still didn't give you the right to take it without permission and further disseminate it to potentially hundreds of thousands. You may believe you are innocent -- that you didn't know the widget had a creator. However, if something exists...someone, somewhere had to create it...wouldn't you agree? The fact that you may not have considered the creator of the product you took without permission, does not change the circumstances, or minimize the damage your actions have caused.
Copyright is the law. It was created to protect the works of those of us who do create...the painters, the musicians, the photographers, the authors, and the poets. Unfortunately, today copyright laws are disrespected and ignored, if ever acknowledged at all. The Internet has the capability to turn what was once a valued inspiration, as well as someone's product, into a public domain product, altered from its original version. Eventually, its value is diminished and its original form is altered and diluted. The creator slowly loses the integrity of his/her original inspiration. To prevent my copyrighted work from becoming public domain, we have systems in place to negotiate fair and amicable agreements with businesses and organizations who have distributed my registered copyrighted work on the worldwide web, etc. without authorization. Our enforcement efforts are also an effective deterrent for others who wish to misappropriate and distribute intellectual property.
The owner of copyright has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following: (1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; (2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; (3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending; (4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly; (5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and (6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
This woman posts consistently slander, lies and defamation about about me regularly. In my opinion, her obsession is growing and frankly, is dangerous. Her own online threats were submitted in a Protection Order case and are part of the court's record. She has secretly taped law officers and protection orders were sought against her by her own neighbors! So much more to write...and time permitting, we will. Here she is in action. It's a fair use portion/parody of a video she proudly posted in 2012! Class Act, Auctioneer April Brown!
You see them every day...those hackneyed clichés offhandedly advising us what to do, while not surprisingly omitting suggestions on how to do it.
“Leave the past behind.” This one is my personal favorite. An undertaking so easily spoken, yet so difficult to accomplish. Oh! You mean not reliving my mistakes and poor decisions daily would be a positive thing to do? Duh, now why didn’t I think of that?
Some believe, as I do, the decisions and regrets of our past have literally formed who we are today, and thus provide intrinsic value to the present. Just as if concrete blocks were removed from the foundation or walls of a house, there would be a change to the structure, the strength, the very integrity of the building…so are the lessons of our past. Good or bad, they provide the foundation for new choices, new memories, and sometimes, even new mistakes. The key is training your mind to invite only the worthy life lessons, and refuse entry to those that have nothing to offer, but remorse.
Today I heard the expression “mind armor” in reference to implementing a strategy to block the past from entering our mind. Realizing the damaging effects of negative thought patterns, I had tried many things in the past. I had even tried creating an invisible, yet impenetrable barrier around my mind, surrounding and protecting my positive present day like a guardian angel, against the harmful effects of regret and remorse. Although I put forth good effort, we all know that nothing invisible can be impenetrable.
I needed something with more substance, more mass -- even if used as an imaginary tool. So when I heard about the concept of “mind armor,” I was intrigued but needed to alter the design, installing a flap that would open to welcome the positive, good memories and life lessons while snapping shut before the others could gain access. I suppose the term for my version would be “discerning mind armor.”
I began wearing my discerning mind armor (DMA) this evening. I’ve realized quickly that I need to adjust the DMA flap…perhaps employ an invisible handyman, or apply some pretend WD-40, because for this method to be effective, it has to snap shut firmer and faster. Not only are negative thoughts and regrets devious and slick, they possess an uncanny ability to flank the flap and manipulate their way inside.
I’m not removing my mind armor just yet. I’m going to give it some time to work. If it ultimately fails, I will revert back to my imaginary offensive line of football players who block incoming negative thoughts. That strategy proved somewhat effective…at least during football season.