Weekend cryptic question: which leading website continues to steal content ideas without credit

Filed as General on September 9, 2005 9:12 pm

by Duncan

No, its not CNet news (we already know these guys have a problem). It has a number of high profile bloggers writing for it, including people I know well, and it pre-dates blogs (well at least in ezine form). The evidence I’m still compiling, but there’s a post here at the Blog Herald that used a term of phrase that I tossed and turned on because its grammatically incorrect but descriptively correct that’s mysteriously appeared on this site in a story that took a take that as far as I know I was the first to take. Although they make some effort in re-writing stories, the idea’s are stolen and certain parts and links are always the same, and it nearly always lacks a link to the idea source. And the particular writer on this site doesn’t just steal from me, time and time again I’ve seen stuff re-written from other sites without any credit given (its ok to put your own take on a story, its not ok to not say where you got the idea from).
Any ideas? Heres a hint: Staff Writer.
Over the weekend I’m going to go back and see if I can match some earlier stuff as well before I start naming people because the truth is always the best defence to legal action :-) . More soon.

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  1. By Ken posted on September 9, 2005 at 11:17 pm
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    This is getting interesting. I am looking forward to reading more on this from you. ;-)

  2. By Netwalker posted on September 10, 2005 at 12:25 am
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    It’s a shame that this kind of things happen. I have personally gone through that twice with a leading blog in my country.

  3. By Darren posted on September 10, 2005 at 1:44 am
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    ooh – interesting. Don’t leave us hanging dude!

  4. By Amit Agarwal posted on September 10, 2005 at 1:53 am
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    Is it Lockergnome ?

    They are already known for stealing Wiki Content.

  5. By Arun Kumar posted on September 10, 2005 at 2:39 am
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    Do you mean Wikipedia? Because their content is under the GNU Free Documentation License.

  6. By Duncan posted on September 10, 2005 at 3:09 am
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    Its not Lockergnome and its not Wikipedia. Bit it shares something in common with Darren :-)

  7. By Darren posted on September 10, 2005 at 4:01 am
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    WPN?

  8. By Jim Kukral posted on September 10, 2005 at 11:20 am
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  9. By Amit Agarwal posted on September 10, 2005 at 11:52 am
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    Nancy Clark of Des Moines Register

  10. By Andy posted on September 10, 2005 at 12:12 pm
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    Hey, is it O`Reilly?

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