Protecting Your Property at Home and on the Web

For Christmas, I got a terrific present from one of the least likely persons you’d expect. No, not our CPA, but our intellectual property attorney. He settled an intellectual property dispute on behalf of Vickie Milazzo Institute.

I make my living working with litigators. So do Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. We’re all aware of the high cost of litigation, both monetarily and emotionally. That’s why when our attorney was able to settle this case without the necessity of filing a suit, I was surprised and grateful. Potential defendants don’t often come to the table that easily.

Over the past 27 years, I’ve worked hard to create a body of intellectual property. Over those same 27 years, I’ve had to deal with copyright infringement that’s run from the minor lists and jokes to mind-boggling, outrageous plagiarism. When you see one of your creations copied so closely that it includes one of your typos, you’ve got the other party dead to rights. I could point to several examples that are being remedied right now, if our attorney would let me. I’ve never understood people who would try to take a short-cut up the ladder of success by climbing up someone else’s back. I don’t mind honest competition. I just want them to use their own original thoughts – instead of using mine.

There’s a great quote by Denis Waitley to the effect that “A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.”

Thankfully, the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant graduates of the Institute are some of our best police. You all are the best at helping us spot copyright issues. Thank you for your support over the last 27 years.

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One thought on “Protecting Your Property at Home and on the Web

  1. Vickie,
    Your article, Protecting Your Property at Home and on the Web, hit home with me. My oldest is a high school freshman in a long-distance school based in California. (We live in Pennsylvania.) I volunteer as a Teacher’s Assistant, helping three local students with writing papers for one of the courses. The students have had the hardest time comprehending exactly what the term plagiarism encompases. Most of them sincerely believed that changing a few words would work. They have struggled to write these papers and not plagiarize. It is so uplifting to see that an accomplished, successful adult truly understands that plagiarism is actually
    taking the original thoughts and ideas of another and using them as one’s own. Many adults, in my opinion, mistakenly believe that plagiarism is only the using of exact words and are surprised to find otherwise. Thank you, Vickie. I will be telling the students about this blog next week and I know that because it came from you, it will influence their adult formation.

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