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Reposting My Posts ~ ?Really? ~

Jan 30th, 2013.
While all my reblogged posts have been removed it was simply through the kindness and decency of those who responded to my request that this has been resolved for me. I’m leaving this post up to alert others to the issues involved in reblogging.
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WordPress.com (my blog’s free platform) has added a couple of functions that allow any other WordPress member to repost any WordPress.com entry directly into their own blogs, with links back to the original post. Reposting has happened a couple of times to The Stitchery posts and I’m not in favor of reblogging at all. But I’m still reasoning it out, mired in confusion over something that seems such a violation of my own personal work.

How it works: any WP.com member can hit the “repost” button and magically my work appears on their blog with the first picture in full size, the rest of the pictures in thumbnail size and the first few lines of the text. If you want to read the whole thing you will be redirected back to the originator’s blog. Any “repost” can then be reposted by any other WP.com member, ad infinitum, and so on and so on. After the first repost the following reposts lose the photo credits so that’s a copyright infringement and WordPress is fostering it. But reposting is not in itself illegal as far as I can tell.

Just unpleasant. I am informed about the reposting only because I have allowed “pingbacks” in my comments section. If pingbacks which link to the reposter are turned off then you’ll never know who took your stuff and where it is now.

The Stitchery has enjoyed a rather special and small circle of friends and I’ve intentionally kept it that way in order to stay away from so much of the unpleasantness that can occur on the internet. I don’t want to attract much attention to us. I just want to have fun.

Blogging is all about sharing our own creativity. With fabric and thread there are so many different options and interpretations no two projects look the same. It’s fun to see what others do and fun to share what’s hot off the machine. And the same thing applies to gardening and animals and daily life or what ever else I have on my mind. It’s rather personal, isn’t it? That’s why I’d rather keep this space small in the blogosphere. Yes, I just might be delusional. But I’m The Writer, aren’t I? Can’t Writers be delusional now and again? Isn’t that one reason they write in the first place? But I digress.

Taking someone’s work to provide content for your own blog doesn’t involve any creativity. It is sharing and yes, it does expand the circle, mainly to the benefit of the person who has reblogged. There is little evidence that reblogging brings in new contacts to the originator. And anyway, I’d rather be asked first.

But now I have no control over what new audiences will be reading my words here, there or everywhere.

WordPress.com has agreed to consider adding an “Opt Out” feature to the repost button. It will most likely cost money to get that option and I don’t know if they will add the Opt Out capability to their “Press This” button. At the moment I am faced with only these choices:

  1. a. Make this blog “Private” so that people can read it only by invitation
  2. b. Move to my own domain and host
  3. c. Stop blogging and close The Stitchery
  4. d. Get over it, buck up and continue on

I’m not a big fan of any of these choices. I don’t want to spend more of my time or money blogging than I already do. So far today this issue has consumed most of the day. Argh.

And gee, I was just starting to have fun with blogging again. Darn.

What would you all do? Am I overreacting? I’d love to hear what you think.

And don’t hold back now :) I’ve got my Big Girl Panties on.

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I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

18 responses »

  1. I DON’T LIKE IT. AT ALL. The idea that someone could be reading my posts, seeing my pics and never visiting my blog, feels like a violation.

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  2. I don’t think I would like it either. I don’t know what option I would take as a ‘solution’, though.

    Something I have noticed recently, is that I can no longer see entire posts in google reader but have to click through to open your blog if I want to see more than the first 4 lines. This makes me sad as it’s not always convenient to do this. I usually end discontinuing with blogs if I can’t see them in google reader. :(

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  3. I love your blogs simply because of the cozy feel they have. I can fully appreciate why you would be upset. I don’t understand why copying blogs is any different than the copyright on photos. Can’t it just be limited to your own use as photos are in Flickr. Why should wordpress charge for this. If you have an email to comment on the WordPress changes I would be happy to do this. Please keep going. Your posts are such fun and I love the sewing you do.

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    • Why, thanks, Trish! I’ve always been glad to see your comments over the years. I like it “comfy” here, too.

      I’m not an expert so I can’t really tell you why taking parts of the writing might be considered “fair use” and the photos wouldn’t except the photos are taken whole and the writing is only part of the repost. I guessing.

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  4. I wouldn’t like it, but don’t know which choice I would make either. I’ve seen this happen before, a dog blog I read found herself in the same position. Someone else had started a blog about the same breed, and was literally pinching her posts daily and posting them as their own. Also on WordPress. This was a bit ago, and I can’t recall what she did about it, but was quite irritated that she spends so much time gleaning info and couldn’t control it.

    I love the internet, but there are some problems with boundaries that are probably not going to be fixed, given unless it is pornographic there are no centralized police. I hate to say it, but if this continues, hosting your own site might be the way to handle it if you can’t live with it. Have you checked to see if your preferred domain name is available? K

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    • Karen, WordPress says it will shut down blogs that are mainly reposts. I hope they did in the case of the dog blogger. Boo!

      Alas, many iterations of The Stitchery have popped up online since I named this blog and started posting in 2006. The Stitchery dot com is a cross stitch store so I’d have to completely change names and locations. Bleh. Decisions still on hold.

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  5. I host my blog on my commercial site, which eliminates the reblogging problem. But that doesn’t stop people from lifting copy and pictures without my permission. I really dislike the entire issue. I think it’s more problematic for people who make their living off things like their photographs and essays. Unfortunately, the IP owner is responsible for protection of their copyrighted items, so all the burden falls on them. And the whole “nested reflagging” and loss of attribution is really lousy. I’m waiting for someone with high-priced lawyers to bring the whole thing to a head. You know it’ll happen.

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  6. I personally wouldn’t mind the many repostings as long as a link was maintained to my blog to read/see the entire post. But when the attribution is lost…:-(. International law relating to protection of copyright is a mess even when you remove the internet component. What makes it especially frustrating is that for certain businesses, you HAVE to be on the net, blogging, etc, to survive. Yet it exposes you to thievery. Bleah.

    I’ll keep following you one way or another, as long as you’re posting!

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    • If the originator’s permission were required first then I’d be OK with one reposting, but not more than one repost. I will do anything in my power to stop reposters in their tracks, Robyn, and hope that WordPress.com changes its policy. This policy is intended to drive more people to their advertisers, and they rationalize it by saying that it drives more viewers to the original post. What if you don’t want more viewers????

      I intend to keep on posting as long as I am not ripped off. 3 in one week is more than I can handle. It takes up a lot of time and makes blogging not so much fun after all the hard work.

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  8. I’m glad you’re back posting. I’ve cut way back on blog reading at home, and can’t access WordPress at work, so it took a while to catch up. I didn’t know about the changes, I guess because I haven’t done anything with my blog in…let me check….eek! December 2011. So much for starting it to track sewing progress :-) which I have been getting a bit done, but keep forgetting to photograph and post about. Isn’t attribution loss (and pinning without the originator’s permission?) a problem on Pinterest also?

    How do you go about finding reposts?

    also – I love your hair!

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  9. I came across your website looking for info on copyright violations involving that stupid reblog button on my WP.com site. Someone used it this morning, I went to that site and asked them to remove it. No word yet. I also contacted WP.com support and asked them to look at this site – it is nothing but reposts! These people are such losers. I feel your pain.

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    • John, I got vicious after my email wasn’t answered. I changed my post to plead that the reblogging be reversed. That got posted on the reblogger’s site. I also removed all my photos in that blog post. I finally got the “reblogger’s” attention and they did remove the reblogged post. It took a week to clear up.

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  10. I agree, it is a terribly rude and invasive thing to do. I was directed to this post by one of my readers, since the same thing has been happening to me; except I do not have a WP blog, and the other blogger is simply copying and pasting ENTIRE posts, using my photos of my own sewing creations, AND my image and signing them as her own work. I found at least a dozen of my posts on her blog and I think she’s done it to other people too. I’m still investigating how I can stop her…

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