Content Copy Followup

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Published on: May 24, 2010

Last week I posted an article about plagiarism.  This is a follow-up to that.  After posting that blog article, Steiner quickly removed the copied content.  The tone may have been a bit harsh in that article.  My feeling on the subject has shifted only slightly.  Steinar was trying to do something good, only went about it the wrong way.  The issue for me is not the intention but the posting of entire articles for consumption by somebody else.  The articles did have a category on each one with the original authors name.  However, that was not evident when first reading the article.  Had I not known that the articles were mine, I may have missed the category at the end of the article.   Having known that the article was mine, I looked harder for some sort of attribution.

Here is where my opinion has shifted slightly.  Steinar was only plagiarizing inadvertently (prior to my initial post I was a little uncertain in this regard).  I don’t think he was blatantly intending to do harm.  Despite that, whether intentional or not – it was plagiarism.  Has he corrected his actions – YES!  The speed with which he reacted to the emails he received tells me that it was unintentional.  Do I still take issue with it – NO!  He apologized, corrected the wrong and we are moving on.  I also must apologize for plastering his email on my blog.  I have removed the email address.  I should have done so sooner.

This morning I received an email from Steinar about working with him to post some content for his aggregation.  I responded with some questions about his plans for how he will be managing his aggregation.  I hope that we can work something out that would be beneficial for both.

The blog site that Steinar runs is www.sqlblogs.net.  Go check it out.

Plagiarized or Copied

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Published on: May 20, 2010

Today I ran into an interesting website.  While I was trying to locate information concerning a SQL Saturday event, I came across one of my blog entries on another site.  I syndicate to SQLServerCentral and SQLServerpedia and am fully aware that my blogs would be verbatim on each of those sites.  That is expected, both parties and I agreed to terms and conditions of syndicating my blog on those sites.  This site was neither of them.  My blogs that appear on this site could be found here (as of the writing of this article).

I had to ponder it for a bit.  The intent of the site, as they state, is to pull the best of the blogs to a single site.  That may seem a little flattering for somebody new to the blogging world.  I decided to ask some peers what they thought of the site.  You can find that question here and follow the conversation about it.  Flattery or not it is stealing of content as Buck Woody brought up in his blog on the topic after word spread.  Thanks to Gail Shaw for forwarding it out on twitter.  A lot of people have their blogs copied to this site, and none via permission.  Emails are being generated and being sent to (removed email address) the admin of the site.  If your content has been stolen, I suggest you do the same.

Personally, if a request came to me asking my permission to have my material syndicated on that blog site – I would consider it.  But please don’t just post my content without proper attribution or having requested my permission.

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