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There have been some dust storms lately about a splog ( reproducing Planet Debian and Planet Ubuntu content, and probably others, without obeying the author licenses that the content is being written under. DMCA notices have been issued, and Google notified for improper use of ads on their site. I personally have emailed the webmaster, requesting to take me off of his site, as he is violating the license my blog content falls under.

To those bloggers that have been offended, or others that may be in the future, you should probably make it painfully clear what license you are willing to publish your content under, then make that license highly visible on your site. My content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license. I have spelled out the terms of the license under a separate page, with a link to the page found under the header section of the site. I would recommend that others do the same.

To those who are mirroring such content. I would highly suggest that you check to make sure you aren't violating any licenses. There is legal recourse that can be taken. Hopefully, however, we never need to resort to those measures. If DMCA notices are issued, please comply. If emails are mailed, please comply. I am of the nature where I will first try to contact you via conventional means. I just don't like to make a fuss. But, I have the DMCA take down notice at my disposal. I just hope I don't have to use it.


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  1. Joseph James Frantz | June 11, 2007 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    If you are opposed to the DMCA, it is a sad thing to see you use it. However if you support the DMCA, then I have no issue with you using it to insist on your copyrights being followed.

    (Perhaps there are parts of it you support and parts you do not.)

  2. Michael Wheatland | June 12, 2007 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    As somebody who does run a not for profit site that aggregates some content from other, sometimes commercial, sources for the benefit of the sites readership, I find it hard to believe that some people who do publish their blogs via RSS, a format that is designed to be re-displayed in a feed-reader (Whether it be on another website or not) complain about the use of it.

    RSS and ATOM are formats that are more or less unreadable to the public, and hence is designed to be re-distributed via another medium. If you are so worried about loss of income from less ad clicks on your blog, then you better start issuing DMCA takedown notices to Google (Reader), Bloglines, and all of the other online feed readers that do not display your ads, or for that matter the copyright notice on your page.

    So for my sake, if you are going to publish content via RSS, stop complaining, or place a copyright notice, along with a list of programs or online readers that you think should be allowed to aggregate your deliberately aggregatable content.

  3. Aaron | June 12, 2007 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    @Michael- You are missing the point of copyright. People who use commercial services, such as Google Reader, Bloglines, and others, are more than welcome to syndicate the feed, and read the content. In every case, the content is read privately, as such, that it is not possible to make and income from the content that I publish.

    What is not acceptable is for someone to republish my content to a public site, and use that content to gain income from advertising on the site. It goes directly against the copyright chosen. I am not making money from this content, and I expect those who are reading, to not make money off my content either.

    So, for my sake, stop trying to fix something that isn't broke, and understand I am going to publish my content, and not place it in the public domain, but expect the copyright to be adhered. The copyright is highly visible, and spelled out in plain terms. If this is too constrictive of a copyright for you, then don't bother reading my blog.

  4. Ozonew4mWebmaster | July 18, 2007 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Very interesting... I was just passing through so i thought i would say hi 🙂
    hi 🙂
    A webmasters reading is never done 😛
    I added you to favorites so no doubt i will be back so keep it up

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