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We feel responsible for poets' work at the BAR-D and we pursue copyright violations.
We spend more time than we like going after people who have copied poetry and information from this site. So far, we always get our man.
It's not a bad idea to use www.google.com to search for your name or poems now and then (put it in quotation marks like: "Badger Clark" or "As I went out riding"). If you find one of your poems posted without permission, you can try to contact whoever used it. Sometimes poems get taken and posted without the author's name or copyright notice. These breaches happened before the internet, but it's easier now for people to take poems that don't belong to them.
Sites can link to other sites. That is not a copyright infringement.
We're glad to see poets being widely published and we always try to promote reputable publications and sites who give an outlet to cowboy poetry.
If someone contacts us for permission to use a poem, we pass along that request to the poet. (That's another reason to make sure we always have your current email address.)
If you want your email address posted with your poems here at the BAR-D so that people can contact you directly, just give us a holler and we will be glad to add it.
You can read official information about Copyright Basics here at the official US Government site.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services has an information Copyright Advisory Office site.
Google has a copyright search feature here.
Stanford University maintains a Copyright Renewal Database with clear background information about copyright.
The University of Pennsylvania has a Catalog of Copyrights.
Creative Commons is a new type of licensing that lets copyright holders grant some or all of their rights to the public.
Respect other peoples' property. It's undeniably "The Cowboy Way."
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