Aggregation versus content theft

I know many bloggers face this, and it seems some of my content became the victim once again.  Much is due to the inherent nature of RSS and the multitude of automation tools available to grab these feeds and make posts from them.  I do this myself for SpikedStudio Productions, the new podcast network, but the feeds are either mine to begin with or authorized content.

Once before I had content taken from EverythingTwitter and republished.  The author of that blog responded promptly and sent a wonderful apology letter explaining that they were unaware of how the plugin was working and posting the content without attribution to the source.

However, it has struck once again.  I noticed it a few weeks ago on a new site that was registered June 15 2009 under the name TwitTrix.com with the registrant/administrative and technical contact being in England.  The site itself was registered in Jun of 2009, and content started appearing soon after.

With the current tools available for aggregation, it is tempting to take non-attributed and linked content for easy republication.  This moves beyond aggregation and into copyright issues.

Bloggers work hard for unique and valuable content, and often rush to be the first to have an article posted on a subject.  With this comes the responsibility of finding the right sources to give you ideas and generate topics, not a full copy/paste or import.

Some sites have taken a firm stance on how to deal with someone on their service that might have copyright material, like Blogger by Google.  While those of us that find content on self hosted servers do not have much leverage except to ask first.

So I turned to some sites that offer suggestions and advice on how bloggers can protect their content.  Plagiarism Today had 5 steps each blogger should take to protect content.  I suggest we all get to reading.  DailyBlogTips also had 12 Do’s and Don’t to follow which were good to add to the list.

Finally the place where I go to begin to even grasp how to blog effectively, ProBlogger and his excellent articles.  Including this one on protecting your content.

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  • http://www.nsftools.com/ Julian Robichaux

    There's a site that comes up sometimes with local Atlanta news that has appears to be made up entirely of aggregated/plagiarized material: www . communityradar . com (extra spaces added so you won't inadvertently link to the site and raise its ranking. Always makes me kind of mad when I see it.

    On the one hand, they have links back to the sites they steal content from. On the other hand, I'd be very surprised if all of those sites have expressly given permission to have their content reused that way — word-for-word and sometimes even picture-for-picture republication. Some of the information is from local tv or radio new sites, and I know they have pretty strict and obvious reuse policies.

  • sandyxxx

    I've never even thought about commenting till now. I guess if I really like a post I find myself checking the external links for

    more and favoriting (if that is a word) the post instead.
    From now on though I'll definitely try and drop a comment every so often.

    hot deal

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