There has been some discussion recently on some DL’s here at Microsoft about sites that re-post blog posts without permission. I will call it what it is which is the theft of copyrighted materials for the purpose of monetary gain. I don’t like saying copyrighted because copyrights get a bad rap these days depending on who you speak to, but from the perspective that *I* sat down and *I* wrote the blog post, the work does belong to me. If someone else wants to repost it, at least credit me with the original posting. Anyway…..most of the talk on the DL is about how to address it and deal with it and block it and stop it and blah blah blah blah….I decided to blog about it and then see if this post would get stolen too.
Check this out…if you look at the comments for my three most recent posts to my blog —
All three of those posts have a pingback linking to mstechnews.info and then the first parts of my posts duplicated verbatim with a link back to my posts near the end of each entry. If you click on the calendar links to the right you will see that several Technet and MSDN blogs are getting the same treatment all in the quest for advertising dollars from some unscrupulous miscreant.
In reality I don’t care all that much because it isn’t taking money away from me. I receive no advertising revenue from my blog. But I don’t like what I am doing to be diluted. I also don’t like people getting redirected off to 3rd party sites that are sprinkled with ads, click-throughs and who knows what else. I really don’t like what I am posting to get listed as "Anonymous" when I am hardly anonymous. If I wanted to post things anonymously I would create an anonymous blog.
So…to the owner of mstechnews.info… If you want to link to me….fine. If you want to use pieces of my blog posts in your own…..also fine….as long as you credit me. But please…..
Stop stealing my blog posts……
ps….I will start deleting these kind of pingbacks in the future.