Note: Please do not link
to the graphics on any of the web pages at www.threshold.ca. (this
includes the Andrew Bowling pages) It throws the hit and visit
counters off. However, feel free to provide a link at your site to
my page that has the graphic. Thanks.
I feel it is a natural thing to want to
make use of web pages you find on the internet and to share this with others
you know or teach; or to inform people who visit your own web pages.
There is a growing resource of rich material on the net, especially in
the area of Reiki.
While imitation may be the sincerest form
of flattery, I feel that with the age of the Internet some people actually
try to make themselves look as competent as others who author interesting
web pages. They do this by making questionable use of the originator's
material, and may not even give any credit to the author. In the
case of one Reiki historical site, the author rarely mentions the source
of his information, only the end source. For example, he may reprint
information originally coming from a certain Japanese Reiki teacher, but
he won't tell you where he found the information - whether it be a Reiki
book, web site, the material of another, or directly from another Reiki
This person's intentions and those of others
like him may be good but they are not giving credit to their information
sources. The internet is much like a series of books in a store or
library - if you are quoting or referring to information from another source,
you should give credit to that source. A side effect of not doing
this is that people are unwittingly contributing to a slow down or even
halt of information being shared. I for one have stopped sharing
most new historical information from my public pages and only share with
my student base.
I find that most authors will allow you to
print their pages and share with others. It is interesting though
that some authors will copy material from other sources and then place
their own Copyright on the page. This of course is not legal in most
countries and there is an international agreement on Copyright.
Simply put, anyone who originates
material, whether they publish it, place it on the net, hand it out, keep
it to themselves or otherwise, has the original rights to the material.
They don't have to register this or place a copyright warning on their
material. All they have to be able to do is prove the information
in it's current form originates with them. And there is a fine line
as to how much you can change original information and then call it you
This goes for translating material into
another language - the copyright still rests with the originator of the
material. Like any book or publication, there
is a small amount of information that may be done this way, but you still
need to give credit and reference to the original author and source.
For more information on International Copyright
Laws, click here.
I feel there is a better way to make use
of the hard work of another author.
Reiki Threshold Pages
First, please think
of my web site as my own published book. Would you copy or translate
the pages of another person's Reiki book right into your own web site or
Reiki material without permission?
and Other Pages on the Net
With few exceptions,
I have not placed a copyright at my own public pages. However, I
have created Adobe pdf files that you can download and print, and share
with others. These already contain my copyright information, my name and
my web page address. As long as you leave these the way they are,
I am content.
I know that people
will want to share parts of my pages with others, but in the past I have
experienced some un-Reiki like attitudes around my own contributions.
Whether printing my pages or simply referring to them at your own web site,
take the following approach. It may also be an acceptable method
for other authors on the net.
Note that I ask
that you do not use my material in a publication or duplicate it on a web
The Printing Approach
Here is a way to print material and keep even
the author content:
When desiring to print my pages, please check
to see if there is a downloadable Adobe pdf file, and use that for printing.
If there isn't a page, contact me and ask
me to create one. I am usually happy to do so and it doesn't take
me very long. Other web page authors might do the same with their
pages for you if you ask.
If you are in a hurry, please ask me anyway,
and then print the page as is. I realise that sometimes there is
a lot of stuff at the top and the bottom of the page that does not relate
to the material you want. If you decide to trim this make sure it
is still obvious where the page came from. That is, leave the page
heading and web site name, if it is there, and please DO NOT
trim the content in my pages.
For the previous step, you should set your
browser's printer setup page to include the web page address on
the page you print. This leaves no doubt as to the source.
You can notify the author that you enjoy the
material and you are making use of it; perhaps you can explain how.
Re-assure the author that you are making the source of the page obvious
to your readers.
The Internet Approach.
Some people are so enthusiastic about new
information that they will actually copy the originator's work right to
their own web page, even leaving out their source and a link to the source
page. Ignoring the legality of this, it isn't really in keeping
with the Usui precepts to do something like this. But I understand
such enthusiasm, so here is one approach I recommend.
If you find someone's web page very interesting,
it makes more sense, and it is good Internet etiquette to simply place
link from your page to the page you like. Then you can do the
You can notify the author to say you have
done this - it's just polite to do so.
Place a comment next to the link to explain
why you find the page interesting or useful. This allows the reader
to learn and appreciate what you have to offer (and you don't have to steal
someone else's originality).
Check the original page from time to time
to make sure the link is still active, or to see if anything has changed.
If so, you might want to make an update notice at your page.
If you truly find the material to be of great
value, you might want to make a copy of the page for yourself, Just In
case the person decides to close down their web site. If this happens,
FIRST do a search at the author's site or on the internet to see if the
page has simply moved to a new address.
(I have been frustrated in the past when
I lost access to some really good information when a site suddenly disappeared).
Encouraging the Authors
By taking the above approach you will be giving
credit where it is due - the authors of the pages - and you will actually
be encouraging them to share even more at their web sites. Most of
us begin to hold back information we have discovered as soon as we start
seeing material that was "borrowed" from our own pages in a way that does
not seem appreciative. I feel that using the above approach will
keep the Sharing going strong, and we all benefit from this.
What Can Authors Do
As an author, you can help out your readers
by doing some of the following:
make an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file of your page
and make a link for people to download the page. This way you can
make sure everything on your page is the way you like it, including credit
to your self and where you web page is located. Also the finished
page is difficult to change, but most won't want to as you have made it
very easy for them to access it.
offer to make a reciprocal link to anyone's
web site who links to one of your pages. This promotes good feeling
and a sense of camaraderie.
if you have material that you truly want to
Copyright, make sure this is very obvious on EACH web page.
As a last resort you can investigate Copyright
procedure for your country (as well as International Copyright Law) and
formally register your material.
Above All, Let's Encourage
the Internet to Continue as
a Place of Sharing and Honoring People's Contributions.
Copyright Law Sources
Big Myths about copyright explained
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