Reblogged Post Pulled

Good Saturday evening or Happy Sunday Bloggers~ Depending on where you.

Recently I re-blogged a post from a fellow blogger not thinking twice about what I was doing.I’ve done it maybe once or twice before but honestly have not made any sense of a routine out of it. I too have been re-blogged a few times and also never gave it a second thought, never even thinking about it in any way really. Just a part of blogging I thought.

But not so much!

If you think about it for a just a few minutes, or even seconds than you may have an AHA moment. Aha..I had that moment when I read the email I was sent by who I thought at first was a virtual stranger to me.

Why was she emailing me?

This Fellow Blogger;  eggton: @  http://eggton.com/2012/02/25/even-journey-sings-journey-in-the-shower/   

 I was taught a valuable lesson this week.

And a  timely and valuable lesson I think should be shared.

The next time your blog is re-blogged you may think to feel complimented and appreciated. There is no taking away any of these two points. It is a simple click away [almost] to share and express your favoritism regarding another person’s Blog or post. This why I re-blog. Why I re-blogged a certain post. And because of course in the first place I thought it worthy of sharing with those who tend to follow my blog. Good deal, right?

Think again. Think back to all the effort, work, part of yourself, that you put into your own Blog. Your own work.

All the photography, art, poems, as well as the written prose,  the fiction works, the non-fiction, the documentary style posts, etc… all of these posts unless you are copying and pasting are your own creations. They belong to no one else. No one else has put the parts of their souls into these pieces, they belong to just you.

And you should always have a say about where and who your work goes to. Not allowing others to be the master of dispensing your own work is vital to keeping the purity of what you do. It’s also vital to the art world. All arts including the written words.

Think of like quality control. Imagine if you had painted your latest masterpiece. Got it?

Now add to your imagination that you have created 25 lithos off that original canvas for your family and friends. They love your work and it feels good to know that your work finds its way into their homes. You have gifted them the lithos or charged for them. Either way you printed 25 copies so you had control. Of course the more printing from those printed lithos could cause a real detriment to the quality of your art and craftsmanship of that piece. The more printed, the grainier,  the colors fade, the loss of texture, etc…

Hence Copy Write Laws. I have a copy write on my blog copy. You should too. However; WordPress has offered up the Re blog App. It lends to the feeling that if WP is offering it is legal. Right?

Read on below. Remember that email from a fellow blogger I did not know? That showed up in my email box?

The message below: 

[ First note from Barefoot Baroness: I have left names off just out of a sense of privacy. It is not my place to give any personal information regardless of easy it may be found else where]

“I’ve been advised that reblogging violates copyright (and WordPress shouldn’t offer the option, but they do and they promise that they’ll take a reblogged post down off someone else’s blog if the original blogger complains.) Anyway, in order to protect my copyrighted material, I have to ask you to delete my post from your site. I would be so honored if you made a quick post of your own and included a link to my site, encouraging your readers to go check it out. But I can’t allow my copyrighted pictures and written material to remain on your site.”

“I’m sorry for the inconvenience, and really appreciate your support. Thank you again,. Let me know if you have any questions (and by the by, I don’t intend to contact WordPress at this point because I trust I’ll hear from you. I will have to ask them to take it down for you, unfortunately, if you don’t.)”

“Thanks, again, fellow blogger.”

This was an absolute shock to me and after replying back to my fellow blogger it was understood I had no intent of stealing her work, or benefiting from it any way. I don’t believe that was the concern. That being said I can say that I agree with my fellow blogger now that I have given it a great deal of thought. All though I’m certain there are those who would wish to disagree with me for whatever reasons I work too hard on my posts, my arts, my stories, my sharing of personal experiences, my everything to do with my blog. I even work hard on my comments. Preferring not to be slight and flippant with each I give.Like those who comment on my posts, thoughtful reflections are shared.

So…. out of respect for my fellow blogger(s I am no longer participating in Re blogs. I hope you will not be offended. Instead when I find a post that I’d like to share with those readers on my own blog I will link back to the original author. I trust that you will respect my view on this matter whether agreed or not and not re-blog any of my posts.

To be an open door I’d like you to know that my fellow blogger above did not find a reason to contact WordPress as was suggested. There is no longer an issue as I intend on sending my re-blog of the post in question right to my Trash. If you also re-blogged this post, or from my post it would be a most kind thing if you moved My Fellow bloggers Re-Blogged post to trash as well.

This post I re-blogged was a well worth post to read. I encourage you to visit this post, aND this blog. Again it can be found at:

http://eggton.com/2012/02/25/even-journey-sings-journey-in-the-shower/   

 

©TJHELSER 2012

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21 thoughts on “Reblogged Post Pulled

  1. Pingback: My Views On Reblogging « Work the Dream

  2. Hi, All! It’s me, the author of that post that the Barefoot Baroness liked on my site enough to want to reblog. Just thought I’d add a couple of things.

    First, I can’t tell you how flattered I was when I saw that the Barefoot Baroness read the post at all, and then that she liked it enough to reblog. I love blogging so much, and the best part of it is the people you meet through it–fellow bloggers who are interesting, and who take the time to be in this virtual space with you.

    Second, here’s my personal understanding of the issue: the annoying thing about copyright is that I can lose my copyright over my material down the line if I don’t “police” the right that I have, regardless of whether I have copyright language on my site, to be the only person to display the text of my original creation. I don’t lose that right just because I post something on the internet. But I understand that I can lose it if I don’t watch what’s happened to it in the early stages, and assert my right over it.

    I agree that doing this can seem SO sensitive. I totally agree. And I HATE emailing other bloggers about using my material, because I am so grateful to these people for even reading my stuff, and I am so excited that they like it. Truly. It’s just that I want to make sure that I don’t lose my ability to sell a photo to a magazine or submit an article to a cookbook someday because it’s not considered “mine” anymore– and I believe it will be considered “mine” if I’m careful to make sure others don’t post the words (links are just fine) to their site.

    There was a wordpress forum on this recently– apparently they had pulled the reblog feature because it was so controversial, but then they brought it back. Right now, I don’t think there’s a way to opt out of the button. I and many, many bloggers complained that it violated copyright. Oh well! For now, at least, I’m just grateful that there are thoughtful people like the Barefoot Baroness who pulled the reblog as a matter of courtesy for a fellow blogger who, like her and all of us, works so hard to put ourselves out there.

    Many thanks to you, Barefoot Baroness! And my best wishes to all of you.

    Katherine

    • Thank you Katherine! I am touched by your time you took to write this and explain better than I was able to do.

      Being thoughtful and pleasant to other bloggers like you is not difficult, especially when the kindness is returned.
      We’re all paving this new highway of publishing together, it serves no purpose to burn bridges, and to get “one -way” about something to do with another s work anyway. . As I have learned something once already from you I hope to continue friendship and learn more.

      • Thanks right back! And well said.

        You’re so right that the whole point of this is to be able to enjoy what we ourselves are doing and enjoy each other’s work–whatever the right way to do that is. Since that’s complicated and controversial, a good starting place is respecting each other’s requests–as you were so thoughtful to do when I emailed you– and take pride in what we ourselves create. Being able to self-publish is so exciting, isn’t it? I’m so glad we met!

        • Respect is the key word. If we do not treat each other as we would in a typical business setting here than we are headed for troubled waters.

          I too am grateful we met. I find your blog fascinating and hope to be a full time follower.

  3. I am on the side of the blogger. WordPress has, in effect, removed the bloggers right to say “no” until after the deed has been done. We all know that an ounce of prevention is worth….yada yada…if the re-blog option was not available I would give the blogger a well deserved shout out and post the link. If enough bloggers are dissatisfied, we may want to approach WP and express our concerns.

    • Hi Michael, thanks for your input. I am really grateful I could count in you. I agree that WP needs to approached on this issue. If for nothing else than to have their side of it. WP has corporate attorney’s that no doubt have some expertize in the publishing world. I’d like to know what they have to say.

      I am considering wriitng a letter to WP and asking.

      You know I pulled the post I had re-blogged as asked. I have no issue with doing this because I tend to agree with the fellow blogger. And ironically you.
      My work products are mine, I’d have a real issue if someone was disseminating my writings, images of art works, photography, etc..

      I want to have control over my stuff. Enough said, right?

  4. And PS- wrt to images, if you want to protect them 1) don’t put them on a blog and 2) get your own website on a server where you can make the settings so people literally *can’t* copy images and other content….

  5. Interesting. And I say this because you posted the link- to me, that’s like loaning a book. You shared printed word without trying to claim it as your own. You specifically said it was a reblog. Had you copied the post on your site and claimed it as yours, that would be a problem.

    I can’t go back and see the original post, but as far as I know, it was just a link to her page anyhow. (sheesh, sensitive much? 🙄 )

    Anyone can get their own (free) Creative Commons copyright and make the info into a widget on the side bar so it’s visible on every single page.

    Honestly, I don’t see this as a problem so long as the reblogger cites the source (as anyone should do) and links back to the original source. And, because her link was on your page, people go to her site and read her content- it’s not like you are plagerising her words and saying you wrote them.

    WordPress conversation here: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reblogging-1?replies=8

    • You know TikTok you have some very valid points. I was thinking more about this after reading your comment, and some others. I went back to see just how the post was stated. There is a copy write.of sorts in the footer of the blog.

      What does get me thinking are two thing:
      1. that there is really no such thing as copy write on the Internet as long as I am not making money on what I plagiarizing. On the Internet everything posted is considered free speech. The US Court of Appeals just riled on a case recently.
      2. This fellow Blogger actually was apparently inspired from an article or should I say..ahem.. blog post from The New York Times Home & Garden Online version. Yeah, the web site was linked.

      I wonder though how “One Is the Quirkiest Number
      The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone” by Steven Kurutz would feel about knowing his popular bi-line is the jumping off point for someone’s blog. And this blogger never even gives hiss name!

      Thanks Tik, now I think I may have been much too nice.

      • It has always been my understanding that (a) You don’t have to make money from the plagiarized material for it to be copyright infringement. It’s infringement whether you profit or not. And (b) “free speech” means I’m free to say what I want. It does not mean what I say is free for you or anyone else to take. Do you have a citation for that case you mention. I’d love to read read the decision. (I’m a retired editor. If the law is changing, I’d like to keep up on it.)

        I don’t understand or appreciate WordPress’s “aiding and abetting” copyright infringement. I’ve not read anywhere that they will help get rebloggers to remove reblogged material or that they intend to give us a way to disable reblog. If we get reblogged, we are on our own to resolve the matter.

  6. Bloody hell! How weird. Sorry but I find this person’s attitude strange to say the least. Surely to be reblogged is flattering? And if you don’t want to be reblogged then can’t you just disable that button?

    Good on you for being so gracious and for bring this to our attention.

    Should I hit reblog? No way! Too scary now.

    • Bloody Hell is so right Jules. It was a weird feeling seeing this email in my folder from someone who had not even commented or replied to me. I see the point if you are writing for a book, or original ideas. But frankly I’m not putting the manuscript I’m working on here. Just seems like not the place for it.

      Its been a weird week.

      I did not realize you could disable the button. Good to know.

        • I’ll look. You know I was thinking and went back to that blog. This blogger’s post was about an article in the new York Times, online version. The jumping off points for what the post was about came from the time’s article.

          As I told another friend, maybe I was just too bloody nice.~

          Is it Sunday morning for you?

      • When I brought it up recently, I was told Reblog cannot be disabled and that WP has no plans to make that possible. Some convoluted reasoning that disabling it would infringe the rights of bloggers who want to use it, since the Reblog button they use appears in their admin bar, and you should not be able to disable something in their bar.

  7. This is a new idea for me. Thank you for opening my eyes. Before, I thought that if someone re-blogged me it would be a great honor. Now, I’m thinking that it might be nice but it also might be a little scary-feeling. I wonder why the “re-blog” option is such a prominent, blithe option on WordPress.

You are most welcome to share your thoughts, comments, and/or complaints here. Know though complaints are only handled on the 2nd Tuesday of the week.~ The Management

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