Copy-pasters Ignore Creative Commons License
Friday, March 14, 2008
Captain's Log Stardate -315199.56
Don't you just hate content scrappers especially when they earn money from your works without even crediting you? Last Sunday, I received a text from our supplier informing me that PLDT is soft launching a new product. Went to their office on Monday and learned that the new product being soft-launched was PLDT Landline Plus Prepaid.
I bought 100 pcs and was informed that I have until Saturday to disposed my stocks before PLDT commercially launch the product on the 16th of March. I immediately posted the item on internet auction / trading sites and my blog. Since I was the first one to post the product on the internet, I anticipated that I will soon be a victim of content scrappers once the product has been officially launched. To at least prevent lazy ass people to copy my work, I obtained a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 3.0 license for all of my ad posts and even watermarked the poster I made with the logo of our online store.
Then come 13th of March. All my anticipation preparations proved futile. Three posts (2 from TipidCP.com and 1 from eBay) have copied my content without attribution and all being commercially used (obviously).
Apparently, revjon, spam888ph, and Gadgetista of TipidPC are clueless about the creative commons license or they just simply ignored them. They copied every single bit of text, typos, my grammatical boo boos, and everything I typed and composed myself. Sure some contents of my posts came from the manual, but more than 50% of it is my own work. Most of them are found on the FAQ section.
And dig this, Gadgetista used the poster I made on his eBay auction. He simply removed my email but the logo of myPapaNi Online Store remained watermarked pixel by pixel. Click the image below to enlarge:
Now, compare it to our online store's eBay auction. FYI: As a dealer, we are authorized to use all available flyers, posters (that includes Marian Rivera) and other related materials for promotion of the product. Gadgetista maybe another dealer but we haven't authorized them to use our online store's logo.
They could have just asked me nicely... I might have allowed them to use those guides and posters anyway... -_-
*Computer end log*
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