Thanks to a reader, I have just noticed that another blog, albeit one now apparently defunct, had used significant chunks of a post of mine unaltered, without attribution and as if the material was theirs.
I’m used to the spam blogs that rip off content in its entirety. These are annoying, but usually short-lived. I’ll aid in shortening their life span where possible. It is a bit different where it is a genuine blog or site taking the material. It is, of course, a breach of copyright, but worse, it is downright rude.
I’ve never actually set out any conditions of use for my material, letting default copyright stand. Until recently, it never occurred to me that the need might arise. But this seemed like a good time to think about it. So…
I am happy for people to quote or otherwise use my material from this blog on condition that:
- If it is for non-commercial use, the material is given an attribution and/or link to this blog.
- If it is for commercial use, or for use in a paid-for product, permission has been requested and obtained from me.
I’ll put something to this effect in the About page. I doubt there will be that much call for it, though.