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Splogs And Scraper Sites

Boy, is this ever becoming a problem!

I don’t claim to be among the best writers on the internet, but when I write something and publish it on my blog, it belongs to me! It is immediately protected by copyright, and no-one has permission to copy and use it for any purpose not protected by Fair Use.

Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Library of Congress
U.S. Copyright Office

Nevertheless, my work (and yours) is being copied on a daily basis by splogs and/or scraper sites.

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Associated Press Defines Fair Use?

I don’t think so.

While browsing Dark Skies Blog, I came across this post. The subject matter of the post didn’t interest me as much as the closing remark:

Since this is an AP Poll and since AP charges by the word for excerpting or reprinting their news copy, I will provide only a LINK.

I posted a few comments addressing this, but they have since disappeared. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions; I’ll wait to hear from Dark Skies on that. In the mean time, I’ll just assume it’s some sort of technical glitch.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post. As I mentioned at Dark Skies Blog, I don’t believe that A.P. has the authority to define Fair Use or copyright infringement to suit their personal interests, absent a court ruling.

Mike found this for me through a quick Google search:

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