As you may or may not be aware (and if you aren’t aware, you may be a bit blind), content theft is kind of my hot button issue when it comes to blogging. I have my copyrights and licenses displayed everywhere on this blog (along with my Copyscape banner), and on A Canvas Of The Minds, I’ve put the same safeguards into place, generating a unique copyright for everyone involved with the project. I’ve been to the mat many times with sites that insisted on violating intellectual property rights, and I have won every fight.
Today I saw something that upset me and prompted me to write this post. My friend Ruth Jacobs, who writes the incredible Soul Destruction blog, has been victimized. Some jackass blog (and I will not direct you to it here, as the last thing they deserve is more hits) has taken an entire page of Ruth’s writing and posted it as their own. No credit to her, no links, no nothing.
Many of you may say “Such are the hazards of writing on the internet”, to which I respond, “WRONG!!!” Your writing is absolutely protected. But taking additional steps will make you less likely to be targeted. WordPress has set up a wonderful page to help you Prevent Content Theft, and it is worth reading even if your blog is hosted somewhere else.
And if you suspect your work has been used illegally, there is also a page on Content Theft – What to Do.
Sites often think we are easy marks. We’re just individual people, writing our blogs, telling our stories. What can we do about it if they take something from us? Let me tell you, we can do a lot. And the more of us that do it, the stronger a force we become, the more hesitant the thieves are to take us on as “easy pickins”. Help you brother and sister bloggers out. Take action on any content theft you are victim to, no matter how small (just make sure you know what is and isn’t legal – someone linking to your site or quoting you with credit or “reblogging” your posts is not content theft), and notify other bloggers if you think you see their work being abused.
By the way, if you’re a subscriber, you’ll have likely noticed that you no longer get a complete text from me in your email. That’s one step to prevent content theft I seem to have missed on the first go ’round.
Be nice and don’t steal. Those aren’t just someone’s words, they are someone’s soul.
Addendum and Apologies: The post in question was actually one written by Ruth, stolen from another wonderful blogger friend, kyle mew. See how widespread and insidious this shit is?
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