You have to love stolen content

Apparently some RSS aggregation site is publishing a complete reproduction of my blog content on their site. Unfortunately, Feedburner was set as a “attribution, noncommercial, share-alike” Creative Commons license, v 2.5. Even given this license, this site is definitely commercial and making money from ads on pages with my content.

I have since updated my license on Feedburner to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, just like it is posted on the blog home page here (look in the right column and at the bottom of the page). This will allow anyone to post my work on a noncommercial site by attributing the work to me as long as it is published in whole.

It isn’t that I mind them publishing my work so much. Mostly I am upset that they didn’t ask permission (I would have given it), they didn’t pay any attention to the copyright, and they still haven’t responded to the email I sent about removing my content.

I’m small-fry. My readership amounts to next to nothing. I am just ticked that people don’t have the kindness to request permission to publish my content. Just a simple “Hey, can we publish your feed?” and I would have said yes in a heartbeat.

I’m all about the spreading of ideas and information freely, but respect the author’s wishes.