Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Just a little suggestion to you people who still cling to the idea that something you put on your web site can remain solely on your web site. Rest assured that the same day it’s on your site, it’s probably on a thousand and one other sites, too, and e-mailing site owners to remove it is about as effective as flushing a cockroach down the toilet to kill it.
Here comes the little suggestion. By the time you realize your picture is on someone else’s site, just give up. The aforementioned Jared Leto entry was clearly already hit by countless readers (including myself) who likely have newsreaders that cache the entry. This is normal behavior. Consequently, The Superficial updated their entry to comply with the request, but my newsreader still shows the cached copy, along with the updated text noting the removal. Here, have a look at what I mean—and we’ll see whether “the owner” asks me to remove the snapshot. But wait, am I obliged to comply? I didn’t post a copy of the photo. I posted a screen shot of something that appeared in my newsreader from a remote source. It’s not my fault the producer of that content didn’t secure permission first.
You see where I’m going with this? In my view, if you’re going to put something on the web, be prepared for the fact that anyone can copy it and put it somewhere else. And frankly, I believe that as long as they aren’t profiting from doing so, and ideally crediting where they got it, they are within their rights to do so.
In other words, if you don’t want other people to get their mitts on it, don’t put it online.
» Posted by ALBj at 10:39 PM (ET)
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