The other day I was surfing some blog and found a few new Documentum blogs. Several of them had good posts that I will be commenting upon in the future. One had several good posts, and some others that sounded familiar. Then I realized, I was reading my own posts!
For those that are unaware, there are several blogs out there that just re-post other people’s blog entries. These are bot-driven and usually include a link to the original post. They also typically only have a teaser posted. I ignore those because they don’t claim to have written the content and are fairly obvious.
In this case, however, it appears that the content was written by the owner of the blog. That is unethical, and I believe a violation of copyright laws. There was no link back to my blog or anything else that may indicate that it was not composed by the actual owner of the blog.
As a result, I’ve added the following to my About the Word page:
I reserve the rights to everything that I write on this blog. You can quote me all you like if you give me credit and don’t charge for it. If you are going charge someone to read my quote, get my permission first. I’m pretty agreeable and will probably just want to read what you wrote after publishing.
I think that is a pretty fair policy. I follow that policy in regards to other people’s blogs. I respect that they took the time to write something and that if I quote them, I need to not only acknowledge that it is a quote, but allow my readers to read the original in its full context.
As a personal policy, I try not to link to someone’s post unless I have something to contribute to the conversation. If something is extremely useful, I may link to it to allow other to learn. However, I don’t like just posting solitary links. Nothing wrong about it, just a behavioral preference.
As for the Offending Blog…
There are some posts that appear to be original on that blog. I may even link to one or two of those posts in a discussion that I was planning. This is all assuming that I can verify to my satisfaction that they wrote the actual posts that I reference and that credit is given where due on the posts presented.
I have contacted the blog owner and asked them to change their approach and give credit where it is due. I am going to allow them to make changes. If they don’t do so, I may share the site so that people know.
One question I am left wondering, how many other posts have been copied by that user? The answer is yes!