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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Content theft revisited

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Every time I think of exposing the full content of my posts via RSS, I read about someone else who has had content lifted without permission. Often, the content winds up on sites that exist simply to harvest Google AdSense revenue, or so it seems. The latest incident happened to Christian romance novelest Brenda Coulter (linked above). She's found an interesting way of dealing with the problem, by turning the top of her posts into an ad for her latest book.

I've been doing some more reading on the topic, which is why you now see a byline on every post. It's a silly looking byline to be sure, but it's something I can plug into Google so I can watch for content theft. I have a copyright statement both on this page and in the RSS feed, but I'm going to be looking into a Creative Commons license.

Paranoid? Maybe.

Maybe not. You may recall an earlier post in which I mentioned someone was hotlinking one of my pictures and using it as a background on their web journal.

I don't get paid for blogging. The photographs I post I do for fun. But dang it, that doesn't mean that someone else has a license to steal what I've created.

I really do fear that if I expose the full content of my posts in my feed that my journal will be used to help line someone else's pockets. If any pockets are to be lined, how about starting with mine? No, no, no, I do not plan on offering up ads. But dang it, if you're going to make some money off of me, what's wrong with asking for a piece of the pie? This is what I do professionaly. People pay me to write copy. People pay me to write short stories. Sure, they make money (I hope) off of the deal, but so do I.

This is not to say that I wouldn't give permission for someone to post entries from my journal or photographs. At a minimum I want permission and attribution. Is that too much to ask?

I do look for signs of plagiarism, and so far I've found none. Is this because I don't expose the full feeds, or because my content isn't worth swiping? I have enough of an ego (bruised though it may be) to hope it isn't the latter.

So, let me ask the few of you who subscribe to this journal: Would you like see the entire post in your feed? Or even a larger excerpt like I used to do? If you subscribe, how do you subscribe? Please leave a comment and let me know. I'm really curious. Referral logs don't give a complete answer.

As always, thanks for reading. Really.

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6/12/2006 11:21:22 AM
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