Over the past few weeks, I have had to fire off an increasing number of notices to other websites who choose to reprint my blog posts or photos without bothering to ask me for permission first.
Now, as it happens, most of my photos are already available for use free of charge by non-commercial websites under a Creative Commons license. It is easy to check if a specific photo is available for reuse by checking the details on the Flickr website where I host them.
However, I do not release the blog posts for reuse, and certainly not – as happened last week – for someone to edit the content to make it sound as if they were the author, not me.
Frankly, I am getting a bit annoyed – as it takes time to chase down these idiots and when they do remove my content, they never apologise for their antics.
If it was just a silly scraper site reprinting my RSS feed, I doubt I would worry, but these are people picking what are (I think), usually my best blog posts – so there is a human editor making a conscious decision to steal other people’s writings and photos. That’s is not on.
In future, if you want to reprint my content, just ask me. If your cause if good, I might say yes.
Named and shamed
Thanks to Annie Mole and others who send me emails letting me know when my content appears where it shouldn’t be.