So I was looking at my incoming links and saw that I had a hit from a site called Hirecipes. Curious about my new internet connection, I clicked on the link. Imagine my surprise when I saw my blog post on another site, word for word! Some of my original writing had been deleted (I suppose it wasn’t relative to this site’s “author”), but there was not one word of original content posted alongside my recipe, writing, and photos. It had only been about 12 hours since I’d posted the recipe, in fact-It wasn’t likely that anyone had even had time to try my recipe. I was hopping mad. I left a comment asking for the recipe to be removed. There’s no contact information about the site though, so there wasn’t much else I could do.
I felt taken advantage of. “This is stealing!” I though to myself, and told my husband so. I write for others to read and enjoy. Sure, I don’t password protect my blog, but that doesn’t mean it’s out there for anyone named “itsme” or “anonymous” or “joeblow” to drop by and lift as quick as you can say “copy-paste”. I believe in fair use too, but I think this goes beyond fair use. I think there’s some ethical glue that’s holding we bloggers together: thou shalt not post the work of others without creating original content. Am I wrong here? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
As a relevant aside, a copyright exists for any literary work created by a US national (such as myself) regardless of domicile (meaning it doesn’t matter whether I live in Japan or the US) from the moment the work was created in fixed media (i.e., written down, even digitally).
In the meantime, feel free to use and post the writing you find here for noncommercial purposes-as long as you write something original about it. Please don’t use my photos without permission though.
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