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10 January, 2005

Unfair use

A quick lesson in using copyrighted material: quoting a specific, short section, with full attribution, is 'fair use'.  Reproducing the entire content, without any indication that the material is copied, is plagiarism, and illegal.

It seems someone in Morecambe didn't like my comments about his home town ("... a shabby shadow of a seaside resort; rather squalid and depressing,..."), so duplicated that entire entry, in his blog.  Without a citation.  It reads as if he is the original author, and readers following the links to the accompanying photos might think he was the photographer (okay, that's unlikely, as the photos appear in my page template, which displays my copyright statement).  Since he is a photographer, one might interpret his action as using my photos to promote his business - not good.

I don't mind at all if people disagree with what write in the blog, and call me a 'prick' for expressing my genuine opinions, but theft of intellectual property does annoy me.


Strange. I'm not surprised you're annoyed. What I find stranger is that someone who is obviously trying to use a blog as a business website (whether successfully or not) would have the word "prick" in big letters at the top of the page ;)

It's such a schoolboy tactic - you would have thought the entry would contain at least some kind of response, wouldn't you?

For what it's worth, I think your description of Morecambe is spot on

Posted by Siobhan at January 10, 2005 01:29 PM

Hey, BTW.

Have you looked through the rest of his blog? Yours isn't the only one he's nicked great chunks from.

Doubt he'd nick from mine though ;)

Posted by Siobhan at January 10, 2005 07:38 PM

Which blog is this (the Morecambe one)?

Posted by looby at January 11, 2005 01:44 PM

You think I'm going to give it publicity?!

To give some credit, my content was removed within 24 hours of my sending an e-mail.
No, **** it; I'm not giving credit for someone merely complying with copyright law, as should have been done in the first place.
Anyway, it's resolved, with minimal name-calling. Better 'geek' than 'thief'.

Posted by NRT at January 11, 2005 02:38 PM
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