I also reblog articles (but always with attribution) without asking for permission but made it clear that I will meekly return or delete the copied article if any author would ever ask me to.
Just yesterday, I saw one of my post title almost copied by an A-list blog and I thought of copyright violations -although this one really isn’t. Now if you think unique bloggers can’t get angry on how some ‘copyrighteous’ publishers treat us, think again. This case of Monica Gaudio vs. CooksSource will be on blogging history.
‘On Wednesday evening, a blogger named Monica Gaudio posted a story in which she told of learning that Cooks Source had taken a piece she wrote about apple pie — specifically this one — and simply copied it into the magazine. As you can see from the scanned page (Gawker, for instance, has it), the magazine credited Gaudio with a byline. It didn’t pretend to have come up with her story itself; it just seemed to believe it could copy her story and run it in a free, ad-supported (and therefore revenue-generating) magazine without telling her, let alone compensating her.
‘Well, Gaudio says she dropped the magazine an angry email or two asking for an apology and a donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. The response she got combined three things that inspire online rage: misinformation, disrespect for creative people, and jaw-dropping condescension. In her recounting of what has become The E-Mail Blogged Round The World, Gaudio says that Cooks Source editor Judith Griggs sent her a note that said, among other things, this:
Publishing or reblogging articles with attribution but without the author’s permission might not be unethical. But if the author demands for an apology and his/her article deleted, then the publisher should meekly grant the request. Do you agree?
Another blogging guru teaches that one of the fastest way to build up your blog is leveraging the audience of bigger bloggers in your niche. That might not be unethical IF you don’t do it intentionally. Do you think so too?
Palin Publisher Sues Gawker for Book Leak
Here is another big case about copyright infringement.
In case you don’t know, Gawker is a very popular on-line news site. It refused to take down excerpts from Palin’s book America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag after HarperCollins, the publisher, demanded that they do so HarperCollins filed a lawsuit.
What Gawker published are images of 21 of the book’s pages and its dedication page. Palin herself discovered that and asked HP, “Isn’t that illegal?”.