Yesterday, I shared about how blogging not is being for the fainthearted. Here is the full statement:
Blogging is not for the faint-hearted. Churning out one quality blog post per day – everyday – is hard. Churning out 3-7 articles every day is another matter.
In response to this, someone sent me an email. A blogger’s material was lifted without permission by a popular blogger. She wrote the latter to complain. The response of the popular blogger was that she couldn’t beat them at the copyright violation game, so she joined them in lifting other people’s works.
I keep saying that Nigeria runs on hypocrisy. We see the same bloggers who criticise corruption lift others’ works with impunity. Someone works hard to produce something, and someone else lifts it and uses it for their own benefit without any ethics. For how long shall we go on like this?
Two days ago, I read an article on TechSuplex that I knew Mobility Blog readers would be interested in. What did I do? I quoted an excerpt and then included a link back to the full article on TechSuplex. It is proper to acknowledge your source.
Using others’works without any benefits to them from your usage is wrong. Here are two key rules:
1. If you want to use an excerpt from another blog or site, that is fine, but you should link to the original article.
2. If you want to reproduce a full article, you MUST get the permission of the original author/writer/blogger. Including a link back or mentioning that you were not the author is not adequate in this case. Permission must be sought and obtained to reproduce a full work.
Blossom Nnodim is an author, blogger, and compere. She read up Mark Essien’s story of Hotels.ng and wanted to reproduce it on her blog. What did she do? She contacted his marketing team to get permission to re-blog. Splendid.
Original writers who have their works stolen will have to go beyond grumbling and complaining though, and start taking action. Talking to a lawyer is a first step. Yes; it will involve some expenses, but it is either one is willing to take a stand or one stops fussing about it and turns a blind eye to it.
The first lesson in blogging is not about how to write or what to write about. It is a lesson in understanding intellectual property. Yes; blogging is not for the faint-hearted. Writing original articles is tough. That is why it is important to understand that when an individual produces one, they have rights that must not be violated. From that understanding, we can move to other subjects, like: how to pick a subject, how to write, etc, etc.