So, today I wanted to talk about content theft, reblogs, and copyright stuff. I essentially created this new page here titled DMCA where you can read up on what I allow and what I do not allow. Referencing my blog is totally fine and quoting my blog posts is also fine as long as it is credited. What I do not allow, however, is when my post gets stolen. By that, I mean that it gets basically copy+pasted to someone else’s blog or website without any mentions of me writing it.
To protect me against that sorta stuff, I added a block to the end of the post where it says that the post originated on my site, etc. but even when my posts show up somewhere else, I don’t always get the notification, especially with how funky the WordPress notifications can get. It’s a bit annoying but in the end, it can’t be helped. Sadly.
The most annoying part about blogging is probably that a lot of people don’t understand how much effort goes into creating something and how much you want to see it do well… so when someone just takes it, rips it off, and publishes it on their own site, I essentially get a bit frustrated and upset about it. Stealing content, no matter where you steal it from, is a no-go for me personally. Once someone joined the Blaugust community and when I checked their blog out, I noticed that their latest post was a “top 10 highest budgets” list that was stolen directly from a big site’s “top 20 highest budgets” list or something along those lines. I probably could have been calmer about it but in the end, I ended up getting quite upset with them and they left shortly afterwards.
Maybe people steal content precisely because they know that it’s a lot of effort and they just want the potential success without the process of creating something themselves. Taking a shortcut by ripping off other people’s stuff is quite annoying, to say the least. Either way, I ended up adding that DMCA legal notice with the help of NekoJonez and I hope that I’ll be able to use that in the future if the situation ever arises where I can’t just simply contact a blog owner and ask them to take down a blog post. I mean, I got a pingback from one blog once who re-blogged my review on Loop Hero and I essentially didn’t know exactly what to do with it. Naithin recommended removing the pingback to not give them a back-link… That specific blog there didn’t have a contact form or anything and since I disabled reblogging, they must have manually copy-pasted my blog post onto their site, abbreviated it and then linked to it. It’s a weird move but a dick-move nonetheless.
So, in essence, there’s a DMCA page now and I’ve reorganised the pages a little bit with the categories and stuff. That’s essentially what I wanted to write about. If you feel like using my posts in parts or as quotes, please credit me or ask for permission. If you just wanna a link to stuff, that’s fine. If you think that I stole something from your site, feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org!
This post is part of the Blaugust 2021 event. For more information on that, check out this post!