Yesterday, or really the day before, I discovered yet one more “website” set somewhere in Asia is reusing a ton of WordPress and other copyrighted material on his/her/their website.
I’ve seen these sites before. I figure if they aren’t trying to sell pornography or illegal drugs, I might as well not worry about it. Because my stuff is all over the Internet and no amount of actual copyrighting or trademarking is going to stop anyone from using the material.
It annoys the hell out of me, but I’m not planning to use the material in a book, so it’s not a matter of “earning a living” and probably, after seven years of blogging, it’s a little late to worry about who is picking up my material to use on their sites.
Why these sites thrive is completely beyond my understanding.
I did make a few changes to my site. Not that it will make any real difference. Some of these changes I wanted to make anyway. I removed the “reblog button” from my posts. If someone wants to reblog me, they can ask and I’ll let them, but in any case, the presence or absence of the click-button doesn’t make any difference. If someone wants to use the material, all they have to do it copy and paste it.
Essentially, WordPress talks a lot about security but offers none. Anyone can become a follower of any site without anyone’s permission. Anyone can reblog your writing and photographs for any purpose, no matter what official “advertisements” WordPress posts. The blasphemous, felonious, and illegal use of our material is damned near-universal.
So this is what — for whatever good it does — I have done. I removed the categories and tags, which I wanted to do anyway. All they do is make the screen busier. I dumped the reblog button which is just like putting up a neon sign suggesting whoever it is to copy our material.
None of these changes will stop anything. Short of giving up blogging, I’m already doomed and so is everyone else.
But I knew that anyway. The good news? My screen looks a lot tidier.
The bad news? Anyone who wants my stuff can use it and no doubt will. At least I’m old and not trying to make my living off this blog!