Property Grunt

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Plagiarism in the blog world

This was recently posted on the Realtygram Blogger

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Technorati and Feedster users are seeing double today. Double posts of TheREALTYgram Blogger articles are showing up since an anonymous blogger at Real Estate Blog started posting my articles in full, complete with headlines and text, sans source material and without any attribution to the author (Frances Flynn Thorsen). It appears that the "new" host for my material is using RSS feeds for its blog; I will make an appropriate change to my setup to restrict the length of the articles that can be appropriated in this fashion. There is no "contact" point or information about the author of the Real Estate Blog, although there is a column of Google ads to accompany the "found news." Tacky, tacky, tacky.

It is very bad form to pass someone else's work as your own. If you are going to use someone's else's material please acknowledge it. The Grunt would not be here without the help and inspiration of bloggers like Frances. What really gets me angry is this parasite is probably making money off someone else's work without their permission or payment.

Grunt's policy on this type of behavior is the same as NATO "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

Mind your manners. Or someone will mind them for you.