I always do my best to attribute the authors and sources of content that I link to here. It really chaps my rusty, however, when people take the content of others. Certainly, fair use is permitted in the blogging/news world. In fact, passing around content is generally encouraged – so long as you link back to your source. As photographers, we are particularly aware of copyright issues and proper attribution.
That said, let me take a moment to point out that canon40d.net has taken it upon itself to copy and paste the content of others with NO attribution whatsoever. Photography Bay’s recent post on the Canon 40D rumors now appears at the top of it’s page. As you can see by reading the post here on Photography Bay, canon40d.net has simply copied and pasted that post with no reference to the original post here.
Unfortunately, the site owner has not even provided a method to contact them via email or comments on the site. As a result, I’m left with no choice but to post this information here. I’m still considering whether to contact the host and issue a DMCA takedown notice, so if you’re reading this canon40D.net, you should do the right thing and create your own content and, when quoting others, properly attribute the authorship of the quoted sources. Given that the site has little original content, I’m not holding my breath.
Rather than link to canon40d.net, which improves the site’s search rankings, I’ll simply provide you with an image of the ripped off post (feel free to copy and paste the address to your browser though):
Now, read Photography Bay’s original post here.
FYI, Whois.Net provides the following info, which I have attempted to contact via email to no avail:
Domain Name: CANON40D.NET Registrant: Canon Inc. Canon40D (firstname.lastname@example.org) No 42, Ttrue Ave Texas Carrollton,75001 US Tel. +51.7654321 Fax. +51.7654321 Creation Date: 01-Feb-2007 Expiration Date: 01-Feb-2008 Domain servers in listed order: ns1.micfo.com ns2.micfo.com
UPDATE 5/15/07: More of the same from another rip-off blog: http://best-raw-food.info/blogs/leica/4830/
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