It has recently come to my attention that in the forum of a certain important website (belonging to a big television channel) various posters have been reproducing material (text and photos) from our websites. I have just finished sending them a letter requesting that they inmediately remove the material.
I have to admit that belonging to this message board has given me a renewed respect for authors’ rights. That and the fact that I expend countless hours a week producing material for our site, not to mention the fact that I drag a camera everywhere I go hoping to catch some images that I can later use in our sites. We also have a forum, and we have a sticky thread explaining to our posters what we accept and what not. So far we haven’t received any complains from other sites. Hopefully it will remain so.
The debate? Yeah, I am getting there.
The SDMB’s stand on copyright seem unique from my point of view. Unique in the sense that the strict compliance to copyright laws seem enforced more sternly than in other sites. Kudos to the people in charge. Other message boards I visit seemingly try just as hard with varied results.
This site I am referring to in the first sentence is a repeat and constant violator (the posters are) and I wonder how much respect they have for copyright laws when just ONE poster posts hundreds of pictures and dozens of recipes. Doesn’t that ring a bell? They don’t seem to be paying much attention, more like ‘we don’t care, but if someone threatens to sue we’ll pay attention’.
Should they be responsible for the actions of their posters, in light of the constant problem and the apparent innattention of the moderators/webmasters/whatever? I am sick and tired of chasing people (magazines, restaurants and sites) that use our material without permission and since they are the big guy I am inclined to throw the book at them even if it costs me an arm, a leg and my bad kidney. What say you?