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Stop Content Theft

Well rather than do their homework, Ancestors and Kin has decided it is much easier to try to wage war with not just me but the genealogy community. Please read my previous post here for the start of the saga.

Having been in the blogosphere for some time, you have to have a thick skin. And frankly, I’ve been called worse by better. You can see the current response by Mr. Campbell, owner of Ancestors and Kin, here. (And perhaps he’ll see the proper way to link to a post and give attribution by reading this post).

I don’t intend to engage in a tug-of-war here but let me clarify a few things:

  • WHOIS information is a matter of public record, not personal information. If you don’t want your personal information revealed then purchase one of the various services from your domain reseller to cloak your information.
  • I’d love to show readers the emails coming from Mr. Campbell but I guess I’ll have to save them for this pending lawsuit he keeps talking about.
  • Why does defending your copyright and intellectual property make you a “cyberbully?” Hmmmm. Well if that is what it takes then I guess I am a cyberbully. Rrrrowwwwrrrr!

For the members of GeneaBloggers, you must decide on your how to proceed if anyone is using your content against your wishes. ¬†Just because you create an RSS feed, doesn’t mean you give permission to have your content used counter to the terms and services on your blog (you do have one, right)? How would you feel if your blog posts appeared on a blog selling skimpy underwear or other items? Again, intellectual property created by you is yours.

Use a copyright statement, get a Creative Commons license, create a Terms of Service for your blog . . . and defend your right to your own creative work.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

16 thoughts on “ Follow-up

  1. I like how he has removed the “by line” on every post since you sent your letter – and has deleted all the posts that were GeneaBloggers (except the scanfest post – which is puzzling, but at least there is a link back to her blog).

  2. Some one did the same sort of thing with pictures of my relative no less. I had posted pictures to Find A Grave and found someone else had their names on them.

    I wrote an email, told her they were on my hard drive, and had been submitted to a Roots Web category and advised her to get her name off of them.

    She did comply after my second email.

  3. It is astounding how many people think if something is on the web it is free to use any way they see fit. I have had entire works of cemetery research, indexes, photos and intellectual property taken and republished in entirety on other sites without permission or attribution. I have to spend so much time searching for offenders and defending my rights that I don’t have any time left to continue my cemetery work.

    We appreciate you Thomas and all you do.

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