...and I am
thinking about changing my CC-BY-NC-SA license to a more restrictive one.
I just noticed that a blog blatantly copies my posts without attribution and violates even a (relatively) permissive CC-BY-NC-SA license. It has been popular recently to copy online content without proper attribution, but I didn't expect it to happen to my blog in such a regular, almost matter-of-factly, way.
I found most of my recent posts copied word for word even with the formatting preserved (there is one or two missing, which points to a manual work). The only "attribution" I found is a text at the bottom of the post via Zero Brane http://notebook.kulchenko.com/zerobrane/live-coding-in-lua-bret-victor-style, which is not even a link back to my original post. One of the posts even includes changes that I made only last night.
Let's see what provisions of the license this content was under are violated (I'm not a lawyer):
- keep intact any copyright notices for the work: None are provided. All my posts are marked with "Some rights reserved © 2004-12 Paul Kulchenko", but the copyright notice is not included in any of the posts.
- provide...the name of the Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied: None is provided.
- provide ... the title of the Work if supplied: The title of the work is used, but it is not referenced in any way.
- provide ... the Uniform Resource Identifier, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work: The URI is provided as a text; not sure if this violates the license by it not being a link.
- keep intact all notices that refer to this License: None are present.
- may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.: If there were ads on the pages, I'd say it would be a clear violation of the license. But what if a site gains a better placement in search engines by using someone else content under non-commercial license and then uses that placement for a monetary gain? What if my original content gets penalized by search engines as it now looks like a scraper site?
This is how the post looks on the copied page (
And this is the bottom part with "attribution":
So, why do I want to go with a more restrictive license. Let's say the copy includes a proper notice along the lines of:
Let's also say that the notice is at the bottom of the page in 3 point size font. This doesn't seem to violate the license at all as the placement of the attribution credit is left to a licensee, but it violates the spirit of my decision to share under CC-BY-NC-SA license.
I'm all for sharing and all my publicly release software is licensed under permissive MIT and Artistic licenses, but I don't like the idea of someone simply copying my blog posts instead of -- my idealistic spirit talking -- using them to add something of their own and make it better for everyone.