Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Befuddled Blogster

I ran across THIS POST where I found a blogger alarmed that content was being lifted and re-distributed on another site.

I checked out the offending site, and reported back to the blogger by leaving the following comment:
Hey there!

Upon inspecting the site, it looks like somewhere along the line you may have been using/displaying a CC badge or maybe you indicated on some website or other that you were using one of those "creative commons" licenses... they have your content listed as "You are free:

* to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work"

So my friend, I think you need to go to creative commons, pick out one of their do not copy type of widgets/badges, install it on your site, and THEN complain that your content is being illegally scraped.

I'm going to post about this on my blog, so please come over after you have resolved the situation and let me know what happens!

Good Luck!
I'll have to check back later and see if blogster actually approved and published my comment.

And, hopefully the whole thing gets resolved in good measure...

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  1. Thank you for commenting on my blog and repeating your comment here. Based on your suggestions, I discussed my CC license on the DMCA complaint form, and indicated why the objecting site violated my license agreement. Now today, one day after I filed the complaint, my blog was taken down from that site. In addition, the blogs of others who followed my advice and filed complaints were removed as well.

    You see, besides the CC line that you quoted, you failed to read (or quote) the two other terms of the license agreement which were violated.

    Anyway, thanks for the heads-up.

    PS: I was not going to publish your comment because your Blogger identity was not public. But, after learning your identity, I did publish it today.


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