Last Warning to people who copy from this blog regularly without providing proper credit/attribution
Through the years we have caught a number of camera/photography websites, blogs, forums, and magazines too, along with gadget/high-tech blogs copying breaking news and alerts from this blog without providing proper credit/attribution. We caught websites old and new, big and small, some may even surprise you. To give you an example of how rampant the copying is, we even find our own affiliate links posted on human-edited websites and blogs (translation: they copy things so often, sometimes they forget to replace them with their own tags).
With 500+ new cameras since CES 2009, we did not always have the time+energy to chase every "offender". This CHANGES now. Websites and blogs that continue to use this website as "free labor" without providing proper credit/attribution will start receiving invoices for the "free labor" they are and have been taking advantage of.
If every website did the right thing and provided proper credit/attribution when they copied something from here, you would see a LOT of "via 1001noisycameras" on the internets - because we spend countless precious hours finding interesting and time-sensitive things to post.
To be clear, I am not talking about individuals posting things on their Twitter/Facebook pages, I am talking about websites and blogs with advertising and/or affiliate links that do this on a regular basis.
By the way, it's a lot easier to catch people copying than you may think. All you have to do is observe patterns and run some copy-bait tests, and voila!
So what I am asking is really simple - when you discover new stories through this blog and then post them on your site, be sure to include a proper link/attribution in your blog-post/article every time you do so. It only takes an extra 5 seconds and it's the right thing to do!
As a quick refresher (I hope this is not breaking news to anyone), it is standard practice (Web 101) that when you find a news story through another website/source, you provide a proper credit/attribution to your source. This is also standard practice in journalism.
For more on the topic of web attribution, here is a post from last week at Daring Fireball.