Reprinting Our Content

By Deane Barker on August 1, 2005

I have found a Web site that reprints Gadgetopia entries in their entirety, and surrounds them with their own ads. According to Google, the offending site has 1,180 Gadgetopia posts on it — fully 25% of the total posts.

I don’t know how to feel about this. I know that people excerpt sites all the time (this is the entire concept Gadgetopia is based around), but re-printing 25% of a site’s posts in full? Is that…right?

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Comments

  1. At times, copying is encouraged, but full credit must be given where due. What you may consider though it could decrease the quality of gadgetopia as a while possibly is integrating links in the text that all lead to other sections of gadgetopia.

  2. Did you file a DMCA?

    No. That would open a can of worms, I think, since I excerpt and quote a lot of stuff on this site. I don’t think I’ve ever reprinted someone’s stuff in full, but I don’t want to legally test that theory.

  3. Deane, it’s absolutely and completely wrong. Send a note to their webhost noting DMCA violations, and you can actually threaten legal action if you want to.

    Quoting somebody is by far different from copying articles in their entirety without giving due credit to the authors.

    Do something about it.

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