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G&M’s take on copyright scandals in 21st Facebooking century

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They say in the last two paragraphs:

It’s possible this episode signals that publishers big and small are being put on notice that content theft is unacceptable and will henceforth be vigilantly policed by the eye of the crowds. The plague of small northeastern food magazines copying articles from websites might finally come to an end.

It’s more likely that this serves as a reminder that crowds are attracted to drama above all else: drama over principle, drama over consistency, drama over proportion. To revolt against small outrages wherever it’s expedient, to laugh at the failings of silly villains where they’re available. If this is the future of crowd justice, we’re all in a pickle.

And I suggest that blogging “justice” in China proves that drama is really what all this copyright stuff is about. Whenever I mention any article I give attribution and I spread the word. That’s what really happens on the Web, but IP and copyright fundamentalists don’t get it. We also serve who “copy and propagate”!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/11 at 15:33

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  1. Giving attribution and lifting verbatim are different things, No?

    lneighbors

    2010/11/16 at 18:01

    • I don’t only give attribution I publicize in my small way the worth of the content. Paraphrasing sounds so much better? Rewriting sounds cheap. I’d rather pick a relevant bit and “lift it”!


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