I just had to share this hilarious email I got back in September to an email account I don’t use very often but it cracked me up and wanted to share:
from: Anne Peterson
date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM
I am the author of one of the sayings you have on your site. It is part of a copyrighted poem.
The saying is, “When they placed you in my arms you slipped into my heart.”
My name is Anne Peterson.
I’ve read your site and wondered if you could tell me where you found that saying.
I really would rather you didn’t offer it to others.
As a freelance writer, I completely empathize with other writer’s however, you cannot copyright a quote like that. Here is my reply to her:
from: Nicole < ******@gmail.com>
to Anne Peterson
date: Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 11:45 AM
subject Re: saying
Sorry, I don’t check this email address too often and actually forgot about it for awhile. I just noticed this email you sent. Anyway, in reply to your questions, the following places have this quote that are NOT attached to a poem (your poem) in any way.
(a friend of mine has something similar on her son’s bedroom wall from a different company – she custom ordered it)
Are you going to contact Target??
I am a freelance writer, and just for the record, my lawyer explained that you cannot copyright a quote like that. It’s been around a LONG time. I’m not sure you realize how easy it is to create a quote that is similar to something someone else wrote. I write poetry as well, and you’d be amazed at how often I see my own words.
Just do a google search for that direct quote and you should have hours of entertainment tracking down the source. Good luck!
Well, I don’t know what else to add, except that it is quite difficult to copyright a quote such as that one where it seems as if I’ve seen it before. My son is 14 years old, and I vaguely remember seeing it back that far ago. So I’m not removing it from the site in question, as it seems to be all over the Internet – what do you guys think? I would give her credit except nobody else does, so who’s to say she wrote it?