Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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lovingeveryminute reclaiming my writing nest!

list 43 things I love about the Constitution of the United States (read all 11 entries…)
#7 Copyright Protection

©. That is a very important symbol!

I am writing a book. I have been extremely cautious about releasing much information about it in fear that someone would steal my ideas and sell them as their own. I am not groundlessly paranoid. It has actually happened to me before with some of my art.

Enter Article I, Section 8, clause 8, which secures to me exclusive rights to my own intellectual property.

Becoming acquainted with copyright law in itself does not necessarily take one back to the Constitution, but that is where it came from.

So, just because I know this, am I going to sue the people who stole my work and made money off of it? No. I will take it as the flattery it was probably meant to be and be more protective of my ideas from now on, at least until I’m published.



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