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Copyright Respect

February 1, 2009 by debbie T | InternetRamblings

This afternoon, I am going to rant! I apologize if this offends anyone, but I am just ticked off today!

Who do these so-called bloggers think they are!? They convince themselves that they are offering some sort of service to their visitors. Pretending to be “authors” but all they are doing is stealing someone else’s copyrighted content.

Case in point, this “gentleman” decided that he would create a blogger blog and just blog about all his favorite useful content from other various web sites.

He took the text from one of my other web sites and copied it to a blog post:
http://rootsweb.blogspot.com/2007/09/web-design-made-simple.html

Just in case the post is removed, here is a screen shot of his post and the original content on my web site.

If you look at other posts on this particular blog, as well as his many other blogs, it is an unusual occurrence that he has an original thought of his own. It’s all created by someone else!

Sure, he thinks he is doing his bit by adding a link back to the original site, and he probably thinks that it’s flattering to the author that he is parroting their content. But bottom line, he is a thief and he has no idea that what he is doing is wrong, and probably never will.

Hello! If you want to collect links and useful content, open a delicious bookmarks account, don’t steal it and post it to blogger!

I contacted this gentleman a few weeks ago, but he ignored my request to remove my content from his site. So, today I wrote a letter to Google to explain my situation and hopefully they will take action.

For those that have also been compromised by someone on blogger, whether it be text content or photos, or whatever, you need to contact Google by mail or fax. They will not accept email contact on copyright issues. Here is the info on Google’s web site:
http://www.google.com/blogger_dmca.html

I apologize to all my regular visitors for this rant. I try not to be too judgmental on this site, but it just angers me that these clueless people are out there! Thanks for listening!

There are 4 comments

  1. that sucks! one thing you might want to do (that probably has zero effect on anything) is to put a Creative Commons license on the theme of your blog. It’s an easy way to make sure you have the rights defined that YOU want to have for your blog.

    Mine is http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ which means attribution, no derivative works, non-commercial use. I don’t know if it would give weight to your claims but it’s worth a shot.

    Comment by Allison Sheridan on February 2nd, 2009
  2. I have a specific page with my terms of use on it. I even included the link when I wrote to him.

    I can’t imagine Google having a problem with taking his post down. I wish the whole site was removed, but they can’t do it unless more people complain.

    I am faxing my complaint today when I get to work. We’ll see what happens.

    Comment by debbie T on February 2nd, 2009
  3. About 2 years ago I discovered two different people, and one of them was a business, that lifted an entire article I had written (and had clearly indicated it was copyright protected) and they pawned it off as their own. I wrote each one a “cease and desist” letter. The one man took the material down immediately but the lady who had the business absolutely refused! Can you believe that. So, I had my husband who is a lawyer do me a favour and send her a cease and desist letter plus I contacted all of her suppliers. That got her to take it down.

    I’ve recently been quite concerned about my photos because, unlike text, it is very difficult to track stolen photos down on the ‘net.

    It bugs me no end that people so openly and willingly steal other people’s work.

    So glad you posted this!

    Diane

    Comment by Diane on February 12th, 2009
  4. Thanks for posting, Diane. Some people think that once it’s online, it’s up for grabs for anyone to use. It bugs me too!

    And I just checked the link for that guy, and looks like his post has finally been taken down.

    Photos are so difficult to protect. You can upload low resolution and smaller sized versions online. But that won’t stop someone from using it for web use.

    I keep wanting to officially copyright a batch of my photos. It’s so easy to do, and that way you can actually get restitution from anyone that takes them without permission.

    If you are interested,
    this article really put it into perspective for me.

    Now I just have to get off my butt and do it!!!

    Comment by debbie T on February 13th, 2009