I glimpsed a tweet by Richard Byrne this morning:
Just sent this to a good friend who had much of her blog’s content plagiarized. So Your Content Got Stolen, Now What? http://bit.ly/H79gXu
I have a great interest in open access and sharing so followed up on Richard’s lead.
I discovered an excellent resource on his blog Free Technology for Teachers.
Richard’s tweet linked to a post from 24 May 2011 that contains some detailed advice.
- What to do when you see your blog posts being stolen
- What to do if you want to reuse someone’s blog post(s)
Richard links to Sue Waters‘s advice too:
- How to set up ‘alerts’ to monitor conversations
- How do you feel when someone copies and pastes your post
I have followed Richard and Sue’s work for some time and am awe struck by their altruism. Bloggers like Richard and Sue (as well as the indefatigable Stephen Downes) have inspired me to encourage students to develop their own e-portfolios.
I hope I have encouraged them to understand that reciprocal altruism is a wonderful characteristic of open access. I will affirm with them Richard’s point from Sue:
… while the web is all about sharing, it’s also important to respect the time and effort that a person puts into his or her blog posts.
This means that we must be careful about the auto posting RSS feeds noted in Richard’s update.
I will remind them about Creative Commons licences too.