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With the exception of “guest posts” written by others (see the bottom of this page), I own the content on this Web site. It is copyrighted in my name. I want to strike the appropriate balance between getting my content widely distributed while at the same time protecting my intellectual property rights. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

You are free to do the following without my permission:
* Link to my site or any specific post on my site.
* Extract and re-post less than 200 words on any other site, provided you link back to my original post.
* Print off my posts and photocopy up to 50 copies for internal distribution within your own company or organization.
* Print my posts in any non-commercial publication (e.g., company newsletter, church newsletter, class syllabus, etc.), provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2012, Joanna C. Hyatt. All rights reserved. Originally published at”

You must have my express written consent to do any of the following:
* Use this content in for commercial purposes, including selling or licensing printed or digital versions of my content.
* Alter, transform, or build upon this work.

I do not permit the re-posting of my posts in their entirety. This is because Google penalizes websites for publishing duplicate content. It often can’t tell which site hosts the original, so I risk getting penalized myself for granting permission.
In addition, I don’t allow the translation and publication of my work in other languages without my permission. I simply don’t have the resources to validate the quality of the work.

If you have some use for my content that is not covered here, please email me at


I am all about conversation. And I don’t mind it getting a little heated and becoming a lively discussion. I hope it actually does! Because that means we’re honestly talking about some hard truths. There are however, a few ground rules that will help keep the conversation from turning into a shouting match that discourages others from entering the fray.

By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:

You may disagree with me.
I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful.

I reserve the right to delete your comments.
This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog, not mine. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.

You retain ownership of your comments.
I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.

You grant me a license to post your comments.
This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.


This website and all the content herein is copyrighted © 2012 Joanna Hyatt