Friday, November 28, 2008

Want to know the reason.

Why is this site and this one nicking whole posts from my site and not even offering any acknowledgement?

That's what I want to know.

I'm pretty sure that it's being done manually. But why?


Francis Sedgemore said...

Complain to Blogger and have the site shut down. Never ever tolerate such intellectual property theft!

CharlieMcMenamin said...

Well, yes, getting the sites shut down would be a natural reaction for a professional journalist. But as a non professional - and fairly recent - blogger I wonder if they simply don't know the etiquette? It certainly took me a while to get to grips with it - I spent a week wondering what a 'hat-tip' might be.

Some people, me included, really start blogging as a sort of diary cum scrap book, or a semi-private place to share interesting stuff with friends, and are genuinely surprised that other people visit their blogs. (Even if they don't visit that often in some of our cases.....).

Why not post a comment expressing your concerns and see how they react?

Francis Sedgemore said...

"Well, yes, getting the sites shut down would be a natural reaction for a professional journalist."

"Dear John

"I note that you have taken a couple of my blog posts and republished them in full on your own website, as your own work. I would ever so much like to understand your reasons for doing this, and so I humbly ask you to explain.

"Yours, in anticipation,
Hippy Hater"

Something like that, perhaps, Charlie?

It's not just because I'm a professional journalist that I object so strongly to intellectual property theft. It is a blatant violation of moral rights as well as a copyright infringement. It is theft, plagiarism, call it what you will. If "John" doesn't already realise this, then he shouldn't be publishing on the Internet at all!

Quoting from others is covered by fair use provisions, but not the lifting of entire articles without attribution. Even borrowing agency images can be justified by bloggers as long as the photographer is credited where known. I'm all for being reasonable in the case of minor infringements, but the examples pointed out by Paul are extreme.

Paulie said...

No Charlie - whoever is doing this is doing it with lots of people and not attributing anything. 100% of the post, no acknowledgement.

this isn't just an innocent bit of inexperience. But I'm curious as to why he is doing it?

CharlieMcMenamin said...

If he/they are doing this to lots of people doesn't this make it more, rather than less, likely that my analogy with a scrapbook is potential true? Because to simply publicly post things knowingly stolen from lots of people is surely a way of getting caught out immediately?

You may laugh at my simple-mindedness but I can quite believe some people have problems distinguishing blogging practice from the way many people post snippets one post on Facebook. That analogy might seem absurd to you and Francis - but I think you both work in the media and I don't.

Paulie said...

"I think you both work in the media and I don't."

I did once - many years ago. But not as a writer - and I'm probably less bothered about this than Francis is - though it's a bit annoying.

There is a certain level of decency that you'd expect. If I were running a scrapbook, I'd at least preface it by saying where I'd found it.

As I said, I'm a least as curious as I am annoyed.

BenSix said...

Take extracts from any of the posts, paste them into google and you'll find the blog that they originated from.

Every piece has been swiped.