I wonder how many bloggers know what the symbol to the left means? Seems like there are some that don’t.
No, it doesn’t mean Christmas!
I really wish I didn’t have to write this. But I feel compelled to do so.
I’ve been blogging 9 months and I try to make sure I don’t violate copyright laws. Copyright laws do enter gray territory at times, and sometimes it isn’t really clear what is allowed and what is not. I hope that I’ve always stayed within the law. I use photos from Wikipedia, as it’s stated there what you can and cannot do. I hear a lot of people bring up “fair use”. Laws vary from country to country. It gets complicated and fuzzy.
When blogging, I often quote papers, online articles and provide excerpts, always making sure to cite and link to the sources. I think people who wrote the original material deserve credit and recognition for their work. I like linking to other sites, hoping that the little extra traffic I generate will make them happy. What goes around, comes around.
What do other bloggers think? I’d be interested to know. Maybe I’m naive about all this.
I must say I’m surprised by the number of sites that simply copy and paste ENTIRE stories and paste them at their site, without even asking. This has been done to me more than once, and with increasing frequency lately. With one of my recent posts I found 6 other sites that did this with my story – not one asked for permission to do so. Sure they provided a link, but who needs to click on it when it’s all there?
I don’t want to sound like I’m crying about it, but geez, c’mon, it sure would be nice if people asked. Like hello! I’m not there to carry your water.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when other blogs pick up on the stuff I write. It really feels rewarding. All I ask is that bloggers post the first 30% of the content or so, or excerpts, followed by a direct link to the original story. Is that too much to ask? Am I being naive?
Tom Nelson does an outstanding job in respecting other people’s work. Tom always posts a few main excerpts, some content, then followed by a link to the original story. This way everyone is happy.
I noticed some sites that copy and paste entire stories without permission also have advertisements at their sites, meaning they are gaining financially by copying and pasting. In this case the originators of the content have the right to compensation.
I’m not going to go after past infractions, but in the future I’m not going to let these things slide as much anymore. Bloggers who benefit financially from advertising at their sites, or receive donations, and decide to copy and paste entire stories from NTZ will have to expect to hand over a cut of their profits, willingly or unwillingly.
All in all, I’m just hoping everyone will agree to play fair in the future.
Merry Christmas everyone.