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Mods, I am indeed at a loss for where to put this. I'm just in a state of shock.

I decided to google my SOTW user name for fun. Ya know, see what comes up and came across this

http://www.todayaq.com/general-discussion/talk-02030.html

and this

http://www.todayaq.com/general-discussion/talk-03628.html

These are old posts and a thread that I made here.... on SOTW. But they are being pawned off as Copyrighted (illegally) articles or some kind of blog.

Isn't this like..... super illegal. Don't they have to prove they're sources if they are going to copyright text. You can easily cut and paste sentences from those pages and have them link back to SOTW.

I feel cheated. Although both of those were from a few years ago while I was still very new (and naive) to SOTW.

AGG
 

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Regardless of where this thread should be put, this is very disturbing. This site contains mountains and mountains of SOTW posts. They just grabbed them and put them on their site. At the bottom of each page is a copyright statement that is, of course, not true.

Any of you of lawyer/saxonphonists out specialize in copyright law?
 

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This seems strange and a somewhat similar to stealing but it doesn't really seem malicious. I seriously doubt that any copyright law protects forum posts. Perhaps you should contact the guy and ask him to give proper credit though?
 

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Forum Contributor 2016, The official SOTW Little S
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WoW. A lot of these topics are directly copied off of SOTW and have references to other members in it. This is definitely wrong.
 

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Well you've done it...I went and googled my SOTW name and found this:

http://yofis.org/

a blogger who goes on and on about his chihuahua and theology while vomiting with the stomach flu. Yikes!
 

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It may not be legal. SOTW may get automatic copyright on the posts. Where are those pesky lawyers when you need them?
 

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yeah...check purl=http://www.todayaq.com/general-discussion/talk-04577.html]THIS[/url]out
 

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...and people get on one's case from time to time here for not coming out of the closet and posting one's full name and other personal info openly on the forum. Hmm. :roll:
 

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Hi guys, sorry I'm late and littlewailer, no worries about posting in the wrong forum, I moved it right where it belongs :)

This said, thanks for your concern but Harri is aware of that site for quite some time already and didn't seem to think it is a big deal. He kinda took it as a compliment :cool:
 

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Stuff from me there too.
I never gave permission.
Hmmm.
 

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I'm a lawyer and I know just enough about intellectual property law to get myself in trouble, though I am not an intellectual property lawyer, so don't rely too heavily on this, but here are my thoughts:

This other site might actually have a copyright for the specific presentation of SOTW material contained therein. It might qualify as a "derivative work." The creator of the work would still have a copyright in the original work. If an SOTW member were trying to publish and profit from his work he might have reason to look at the copyright infringement issues, but since nobody is making any money off any of this then there's little reason to spend any time thinking about it. If another site started making significant profits by stealing material from SOTW, then SOTW might have reason to look into the issue. It might be able to force a disgorgement of profits. I doubt that will ever happen. If anybody needs specific legal advice regarding intellectual property rights, there are plenty of qualified lawyers out there who will help you (for a modest fee, of course).
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This isn't the only site, that's why I'm a bit reluctant. I had a music merchant actually take a post of mine from SOTW, add my full name which he had because I had ordered something from him, and then used my SOTW post with my full name underneath as an endorsement on his web site. When I contacted him and told him to change it, he just ignored my request - for years.
 

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This isn't the only site, that's why I'm a bit reluctant. I had a music merchant actually take a post of mine from SOTW, add my full name which he had because I had ordered something from him, and then used my SOTW post with my full name underneath as an endorsement on his web site. When I contacted him and told him to change it, he just ignored my request - for years.
Gary,

If this peeves you. Just state who it is and provide a pair of links. One to your sow statement and one to the misused statement. Add a statement about how you object to their miss use of your name for their commercial profit. State it here clearly on sow and let a couple of other sites reference it and then google will likely pick it up and when people google the vendor your complaint will pop close to the top.

My point being that misusing statements for commercial endorsements can make a company look dishonest. The Internet is very capable of spreading news about abuse. If I have any doubts about a new vendor I likely will not use them.
 

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so I googled my SOTW user name and up popped a conversation between me and bandmommy. It was innocuous -- each wishing the other happy birthday -- but still disconcerting. I also viewed visitor messages to me, and my profile which said that my current activity was replying to the thread "Something a little startling." SOTW users should be made aware that their conversations are seen by search engines, as are their visitor messages and profiles.
 
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