is a criminal offense and I'd expect those who purchase
or peruse my materials for gain to respect both the
ethical implications of reproducing my materials without
permission as well as the potential legal ramifications.
If you'd like to reprint
an article at a website or in a commercial publication,
I ask only the following.
Regarding my programs:
Several personal trainers
have taken the liberties of recreating my programs and
attempting to differentiate their "versions"
by changing select words or rephrasing paragraphs or
If a work is deemed in violation
of Copyright Laws, an actionable violation can be followed
by severe penalties.
The safe bet is to reference
any "borrowed" materials.
If, for example, a trainer
creates a version of my 17-week TRANSFORM! program,
I'd ask that any replication is marked with, "excerpted
from TRANSFORM! by Phil Kaplan, Great Atlantic Publishing"
and the Copyright date of the publication the materials
were borrowed from.
"Reprinted with permission"
is always the safest way to avoid any question. Please
recognize that asking permission may not always be enough.
I may not be comfortable if the work is similar in a
manner that borders on direct replication and i'll ask
that if such is the case, you respect my sentiments.
Note that according to copyright
law, any person who infringes a copyright willfully
either for purposes of commercial advantage or private
financial gain, or by the reproduction / distribution
of [one or more copies of copyrighted materials] which
have a total retail value of more than $1,000 shall
be punished as provided by law.
I operate my business under
the paradigm, "Growth With Integrity" and sincerely
hope that my customers and clients do the same.