How Do You Know if Something Counts as Fair Use?

From blogs to Pinterest to Facebook and YouTube, the words "fair use" are thrown around quite a bit. In theory, fair use is a great concept. Unfortunately, 9 times out 10, I find bloggers I speak with aren’t applying it correctly when they think they are. I’m not an attorney, but in writing about social media netiquette and ethics, I’ve become aware of how misunderstood certain legal basics can be. So, let’s talk about the myths, the misconceptions and the meaning of fair use from the layman’s perspective....more
One important thing to keep in mind about fair use is that it's not the USER that ultimately ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
@AllieMomma I'm so sorry your parents did nothing. I can't imagine not doing anything and ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
@Willow7 Your kind words mean so much to me. Thank you for your beautiful comments and for ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
@magadams Thank you. I appreciate your support and if the moms ever read this they, too, will be ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
@havestroller Thank you for visiting, reading and leaving a lovely comment. more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
Thank you for commenting and sharing your insight. You're right that this isn't about football ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
@stacymorrison Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement to continue sharing my ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 3: Share A Moment and Enter to Win $250

Sometimes it is the smallest of moments that have the biggest impact on our lives. Perhaps it's laughing with a good friend because you share a sense of humor. Maybe it is the simple pleasure of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. It could be the spring in your step and swagger in your walk because you are wearing that pair of boots that you love. What are those little moments in your life that add up to a feeling of Life Well Lived? Please share your Life Well Lived Moments in the comments* below to be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card! ...more
There's nothing better to show me that I have a Life Well Lived than my daughter wanting a ... more

Birds of a Feather | We Don't Need No Stinkin' Recession: Frugal Blogging is Always in Fashion

If you’re hoping to meet others in your niche at BlogHer ’11...If you’re a little afraid you might not be able to find your tribe at BlogHer ’11...If you’re intimidated by the networking at BlogHer ’11...Since BlogHer’s inception in 2005, we’ve hosted community meet-ups at each conference called Birds of a Feather. These are small, informal gatherings where you can meet others in your niche, network with new tribe members, build relationships with others who share your passions, and find new-to-you bloggers to read!