The Copyright Notice

It wasn’t a website I would have normally visited. Having seen it though, I feel an urge to discuss it.

I’ve never bothered to discover what is considered proper etiquette for bloggers. When I started this project I wasn’t a regular blog reader, not even the posts from my friends, so I didn’t have much experience. I’m sure someone has codified some sort of “rules” somewhere, but I haven’t looked them up.

I quickly discovered that people would “like” my posts, and WordPress would send me an email when that happened, with a suggestion that I might want to check out these people’s posts also. So I did, I figured it was only polite.

That’s where the etiquette part kicks in. If someone “likes” my posts, am I obligated to reciprocate? If someone follows my blog so that they see all my posts, do I need to do the same? What if the topic doesn’t interest me? What if they are poorly written? (That would never happen, would it?)

I am happy to admit that some of the bloggers I have discovered through this site I have been pleased to follow. For one reason or another I like to see what they are writing.

However, a lot of the time those who “like” what I am doing are happiest with the travel pieces. Which is gratifying, but travel is only part of what you will find here. Their sites, when I visit, are exclusively travel. Interesting, but I don’t have the time to read them all. I hope that doesn’t mean I am rude.

I also seem to be discovered by Christian bloggers, which was the case with a “like” earlier this week, and the subject of discussion for today.

The random post I clicked on this particular blog was apparently a transcription of a prophetic word from God. That concept didn’t bother me. God speaks, I know that, to different people in different ways. The use of ALL CAPS for emphasis was annoying, but that is a stylistic preference. The message was similar to what you would read in The Bible, though I question the idea that we can be “citizens of God” since God isn’t a country. There was nothing new in the message, but whether God has anything new to say is a theological debate for another day. What bothered me was the copyright notice.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission, from this blog’s author and/or owner, is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given XXXXX Ministries, with proper and specific direction to the original content.

As a firm believer in copyright I have chosen not to reproduce or link to the post. But it got me to thinking.

God can and does speak to people in this present age. Muslims, for example, are having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ – but those are stories for another day.

The point here is that if the prophetic word in this particular blog post is really a message from God, the you would think God would want it spread as widely as possible. Messages from God are sometimes given just to individuals, but they are never copyright, never owned by humans.

It would seem to follow therefore that, since this message is copyright, then I isn’t really from God. Which is another reason not to reproduce it.

All of which has left me wondering: Am I the only one whose mind thinks this way? I don’t know if that would be a good thing or a bad thing.

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