RSS Content Disclaimer

By Deane Barker on September 25, 2007

A couple of months ago, we had a problem with a company that reprinted our posts in full, surrounded by their ads. It was a drag, but it seemed to stop right after that post (but not before they mocked our outrage a bit).

I noticed this today on a post in my aggregator:

This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement.

This guy must add that to every entry in his RSS feed to ensure that it shows up on any site that lifts his content directly from RSS. Interesting. Effective? I don’t know.

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  1. There are people who don’t know (or realize I guess) that taking someone’s content and republishing it lock, stock, and barrel is copyright infringement. Then there are others that don’t care. If you work hard to create content, it has to be frustrating to see it used behind your back.

    All this really takes is education. But how to you educate the Internet masses?

    The only think you can do is put in disclaimers and go after the egregious offenders.

    At least it can be automated to put the text in RSS feeds with a little scripting.

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