You have noticed a new addition to my blog in the right column. The Internet is a great tool for publishing your thoughts (and let’s be clear about this, even when you type this, the button at the bottom for when you want this to appear on the web is the “Publish” button) and possibly make money. I could conceivably contact Google.com and put some ads on my blog and make some money from all your visits. I don’t do that though. However, there are websites out there that take your RSS feed and make an image of your content on their site (under the guise that they are a search engine intended to help readers find content. However, the problem is that they take the full text of your blog posts and place them on their website. This way, the reader reads your entire post without ever having gone to your own blog. Not only that, but these kinds of sites put up ads so they make money off of your posts. The biggest one right now is Bitacle.org. I’m not going to link their website on my blog. They do not deserve that honor. They are most vile as they think they can make money off my content without my permission.
There are many blogs who have caught on to this thievery. Stopbitacleorg.wordpress.com provides everyone with information on how to stop these thieves.
Here are some links that will help educate everyone on the matter.
the Digital Millenium Copyright Act As a librarian, I went to a conference recently on the issue of Copyright and came back with a stronger understanding of the importance of Copyright laws. As one who writes his own thoughts, copyright laws are invaluable tools. This link to the Wikipedia section will help get an understanding of the law.
Allan Jenkins at Desirable Roasted Coffee dispells some of the myths regarding copyright and blogging.
I’ve done a quick search for content of my blog and have noticed that they have, in their search results, directed readers to my blog exclusively. They’ve been caught and they know it. I will, however, keep the copyright notices up. There will inevitably be others who will follow suit and try and steal my content for their own profit.