Wednesday, February 01, 2006
What do you call it when a person takes something you've worked on and uses it without permision? I think you call that stealing. And in the case of your written words and thoughts, that's called theft of intilectual property, correct?
There is a site, nominally a blog, that is simply subscribing to RSS feeds from other pages, and then having them posted on his own page. He's not reposting vebatim, just the first few sentences and then a link to the original poster's blog or webpage. I know, you're going to say "but Joe, don't you do that from time to time?" Yes, I do sometimes refer to work that others have done, but I usually add my own comments or spin on the subject and link or give a "hat tip" to the original author. Very often my site contains "original content" inspired by news or opinion I've read elsewhere.
This fellow, dose not claim that he created these posts, he even has a disclaimer on his site, saying that all content is copyrighted by the original source. But curiously enough, he has ads running down both sides of his page. And for me, that's part of the problem. It appears that he's looking to advance himself on some level based entirely on the work of others. He's been posting everything from sites that he has subscribed RSS feeds for, and I doubt he even reads or moderates the site. Now the ads can't be making that kind of money, so I don't see a real financial gain, so why go to all the trouble? In my humble opinion, it defeats the purpose of blogging to just set up a site, that is in essence an RSS reader.
He had contacted me about a "link exchange" and I checked his site, tracking it for several days, to see if he ever posted any original content. Then I e-mailed him to discuss my concerns. Lastly I posted an inquiry of fellow bloggers on the AutoBloggers blog. He has failed to respond and now I am doing this, as a sort of test of my theory that he doesn't even moderate his site.
If he does, he will contact me, if he doesn't I will encourage other bloggers to take a stand against this practice. And if all else fails, I can persue other avenues, including contacting his webhost. So Andy if you read this, please e-mail to explain the situation.
I know that this is not "On Topic" for my blog, but that's life.