posted by robert | filed under uncategorized
Take a scroll down the right-hand side of this blog and you will see that I have removed the Creative Commons License and reverted to specific copyright protection.
Why? Some rather interesting facts have come to light about a certain publishing house over the last few days. It seems that they are doing nothing short of scraping blogs and recycling content under the auspices of a “publishing portal” labelled with their brand, claiming the original blog authors as their own featured authors as if the content was written specifically for them.
Not only that, but some of the authors’ names sound very funny – “Sybase Techwave 2001″ anybody? Is that Mr. Techwave, or Mr. 2001? Just “Sybase” to his/her friends? hm…
It’s clear that they’ve recycled articles from their own publications as well in their attempts to launch the industry’s most hugest portal…
What has also become clear is that one or two of the “authors” with whom I have contact have been met with quite a bit of abuse when they asked for their content to be removed. One has since been the target of both racial and sexual libel on the internet by the publisher in question.
In an effort to appease some of those effected, an article has also appeared on the portal stating that all authors will be paid 200% of the AdSense fees earned on their articles pages. Cool, you steal my content to fill up your so-called huge media portal and are so kind as to give me 200% of the AdSense click fees earned on that page. Never mind the fact that you can only build up your portal by scouring your archives and the net for anything vaguely useful and then publish it without paying or correctly acknowledging your theft of content!
Not a good deal.
The only credit that this portal deserves is credit for their cheek and having built some cool web robots to scrape the content – although the latter were probably developed by anonymous freelancers anyway
So. No, I’m not going to give them the credit of mentioning their name, or the name of the portal in question. Take a guess, google around a bit. Pick any short-lived tech. title with “Journal” at the end of it’s name and you’re getting close to the publisher.
Either way, anything I have written or may write in the future is now a no-go zone for content thieves. Code will be shared – that’s not going to change and such content will be explicitly marked as shareable – but as far as the rest is concerned it’s back to the old approach. Maybe one day I’ll write something that somebody may want to “reuse”!
Meanwhile, have a great Sunday all!
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