AAARRGGGHHHH ... people still stealing my work
evan at snarc.net
Mon Feb 23 00:37:23 CST 2009
>>>> What I don't get is this: if I'm not publishing for pay, why would I
care? *Especially* if the reprint, republish, distribution, whatever cites
me? If my goal is to promote knowledge and understanding, then the more
places it appears, the better. The only reason I can see that I'd want
to restrict distribution would be that I'm promoting my own ego.
Two reasons, neither related to my ego. :)
First, as many cctalkers know, I * do * intend to include this work as part
of a for-profit book. That is why my agent advised me to remove it from my
personal web site in the first place.
Second, re: the reality of lax online citation standards, I know this all
TOO well -- and I know that people will write, "'Blah blah blah,' the web
site Iranianpda.com said." It's nothing to do with ego; quite frankly (and
I know this is VERY controversial, I * fully agree * with Bill Gates'
infamous "Open Letter to Hobbyists" in which he noted that one's I.P. is
just as legitimate "work" that should not be copied without permission or an
exchange of money.
What some call mirroring, others call stealing.
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