..but, once again, the dark underbelly of human nature has shown itself in my trackback pool..
For awhile now, I've been aware that there are several sites out there which are reposting the RSS feeds from several Microsoft blogs, including this one, along with advertising which they have sold. I'm not going to post any URLs, because I don't want to drive any traffic in their direction. I have seen no original content on any of these sites.. all I've found is an effort to gain advertising traffic from search engine hits on our content.
That sucks, but it's not something I've felt compelled to speak out about before now. It bothered me, but it didn't make me angry. I only bring it up now so that you'll have context when I say that this week, I heard about another website that has taken this "entrepreneurial spirit" to the next level. This makes me angry.
It took almost a year, but another morally ambiguous type has surfaced (like last March, I’m not going to publish the URL, but I will share it with any interested parties who contact me privately). This one has cut-and-pasted at least one piece of my content, included some pretty well-focused ads for SQL Server-related services (implying my endorsement of these services), and including the name of my blog (which includes my name) in their URL, yet again implying my endorsement. While their post implies authorship of my copyrighted content (it’s attributed to admin), they at least provide a link to the original post.
As I said last year, if I intended for anyone to be making money directly from these blog posts, I’d be taking steps to ensure that the money-making someone would be me.
I like giving this stuff away. Beyond the modest company branding on the site, I want you to get this stuff for free, without advertising. Moreover, I intend for this to be the case.
So, in response to this latest troll, I’ve decided to add a footer to each new post here from now on. I apologize for the aesthetic and performance impact this will have; I’ve done my best to minimize these.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.. am I being oversensitive? Is reposting, reaping profit from, and implying authorship of my copyrighted content truly the sincerest form of flattery in 2009?
UPDATED 18 February 2009 for grammar.
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