Monday, November 27, 2006

Critical Biticle

I was perusing Velvet's page the other night - She really has the best links - and found a link to Little Bald Doctor's site. I was most alarmed by the Oct. 9 (and apparently last)Post.

Bald Doc explains how a website in Spain is stealing content from Blogger and posting it on their site to make ad revenue. I checked for my own site and I'm not there yet. But...

Velvet, if you are reading this, I apologize for you finding out this way. I didn't want to add a comment to your birthday celebration post. But, you have been hijacked! My stomach dropped when your posts started coming up on this website. I couldn't look around any further.

I have been a writer for years. I've spent my entire career around artists and I am deeply offended by such blatant theft.

There are all kinds of links in Bald Docs post but I'm just left feeling confused as to WHAT to do about this. If anyone has any ideas...let me know. My personal email can be found on my business website linked to this page.

(P.S.) - I chose not to put a link to the .org I am writing about... more links to their website only lends to their credibilty. I refuse to help them in any way.

3 comments:

Velvet Sacks said...

Holly, I'd read about this on Little Bald Doctor's site a few weeks ago but didn't realize I'd been a victim, too. Thanks for calling my attention to it.

Let me first say I don't think there's any excuse for stealing content from another website -- or for stealing/copying someone else's work in any medium and passing it off as your own.

If I were depending on my writing to provide part or all of my income, I'd be devastated by this news. I wholeheartedly support the writers who are taking steps to stop the individual who's seeking to make money from those of us who pour our hearts, our souls, our children's photos, even, into the work we do.

But you know what? I'm not writing for money at this point. I'm writing to nail down some memories that my children and grandchildren may want to read some day when I'm not here to tell these stories. I'm writing for the sheer joy of expressing myself and knowing there's a small group of readers out there who are interested in what I have to say. I'm writing on the Internet because I love the concept of "instant publishing." And this one loser isn't going to make me quit.

It looks like the people who are fighting this fight have made some progress. In the beginning, apparently, there was nothing to identify the actual writer of each post. Now, at least, there's a direct link to my blog.

Again, if this affected my income, that link wouldn't be enough. Under those circumstances I'd be forced to join the fight to make him cease and desist at once.

As it is, I'm going to ignore it. He's stolen my words, but I have lots more of 'em. I won't let him steal my time and energy, too.

Thanks again for looking out for me, Holly.

CreekHiker said...

Velvet,

I'm so glad you feel this way. I love your writing... You are the whole reason I'm writing again. And it feels so good.

I guess I had always hoped to publish a collection of short essays about growing up Southern. It's one thing to publish on your own website but to have them on other sites is a no-no in the publishing world.

Anyway, I'm left feeling torn. Thanks for your input!

Anonymous said...

How dispicable!
I have set up another blog to write about my childhood memories.
They are a statement!
How could anybody steal or hijack rich personal dialogue....

Technology is wonderful, but it has a downside!

Dx