Polks share story of copyright infringement impacting RV Education 101

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From the owners of RV Education 101:

Our company survived the dot-com boom, and this year we are celebrating our 20th  work anniversary. As the company grew, so did the struggle to defend our name and our brand from the barrage of copyright infringement.

We are a video production and RV information company, so copyright infringement on the Internet would eventually affect every aspect of our business from articles and checklists to videos and photographs. We worked too hard to get where we are today to let copyright infringement take away what is rightfully ours.

As the Internet grew, so did content creation. Content is king, as the old saying goes. Content marketing informs and educates consumers, resulting in big money for lots of folks. The more eyes looking at the material you promote and sell, the more sales you get.

As early as 2003, I discovered my articles being used by other individuals. All of my attribution was stripped, and in the majority of instances other people signed their names as the author of the stolen content.

The full story of Dawn and Mark Polk’s struggle against copyright infringement on the internet is available at www.rveducation101.com.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Linda Segall says:

    Unfortunately, people–especially those who are not professional writers–believe they are immune to copyright laws. Before I became a professional writer/editor, I contributed to professional HR magazines. In my first job as an editor, I discovered that a so-called writer (freelance) the previous editor would hire had stolen my work, copying it virtually word-for-word. It was disheartening. Word of this writer’s sins spread throughout Chicago; I don’t think she received many assignments once her dishonesty became known.

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