View Full Version : RSS Feeds + Advertising = Theft?

06-15-2005, 07:39 AM
I found this (http://calacanis.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000760046672/) interesting article about how one person was contacting people who were taking their rss feed and placing it on websites along side ads. They felt this was a definite infringement, and were sending copyright notices to the infringers. I'm of the opinion that by offering a feed, you are practically inviting people to come and copy your content. What do you think?

06-15-2005, 08:05 AM
If you have a feed it's inviting people to LOOK AT your content through RSS readers.

This issue's very touchy for some people. They're very protective of their content; they wrote it, and they like it, and they want it for their own. The problem is, though, that this leads people to write things that are slanderous, and even insulting. Something similar happened with Great Big Blog (http://greatbigblog.com) from a high-profile blogger, though we ask every blogger whom we syndicate (he's not one of them) for permission.

I think this'll lead to some program's having options that enable or disable the display of little bits of legal talk, and have a lot of people getting in trouble for some things that IMHO are just really not that serious.