I wrote a popular article entitled “How Not to Write a Blog” that appears here in your favorite Urban Semiotic blog:
Today, I discovered this blatant copy and past theft of my article on a BlogCharm site:
You cannot copy and paste articles as you wish without getting the author’s permission. Pointing to a “source” is not the same as getting the author’s permission.
I have requested BlogCharm, as the service publishing this Copyright infringement, to remove the content.
If you write something, it belongs to you instantly under the U.S. Copyright law. You are not required by Copyright law to formally Copyright your work in order to earn this protection. If you can prove you own the work, the Copyright is yours.
Here is what the U.S. Copyright Office says:
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.
Note “published and unpublished” and “fixed in a tangible medium.”