Saturday, August 2, 2008

Food Buzz without consent

Scraping the content of (food) blogs without their consent.

Edible Culture was invited three times by to “intelligently connect” with their “audience”. Two invitations to their 'Foodbuzz Publisher Program' were by e-mail (14.03.2008 and 12.06.2008), the other as a blog comment (24.04.08). Part of the promised 'benefits' consisted of “above-competitive compensation for ads, community networking, and ad campaign management.”

As Edible Culture is ad-free and has a “Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia CC- license, it was obvious that one did not even need to reply to such requests.

In short, permission was NEVER granted to publish/aggregate
Edible Culture.

The license does state that:
The user must not use this work for commercial purposes.
The user must share Alike, that means that if the user, transforms, or builds upon this work, they may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license.
These conditions were not waived by the authors of Edible Culture.

In this case (comment by Rosie 140108), even a refusal apparently lead to being included on their database. The
blogging community is discussing the issues.

Some blogs of course have nothing against joining to monetize their contents and change their layout to belong to “community”.

Internet Law:
General Internet Law Resources, Online Education Database
U.S. Copyright Office
Creative Commons

Information for bloggers:
Preserving the Evidence, Blogherald
FeedWordPress: Content Theft with Consequences, by iamparia

Terms of Service,
Update 050908:
Edible Culture has now been removed from Foodbuzz

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