Homeschooler Steals Online Content

It’s a sad, sad day when a fellow homeschooler steals another homeschooler’s content. It’s sadder still when that homeschooler is caught, and still says, “Too bad, I’m keeping it. Oh, and by the way, here’s a cookie.”

Deborah Markus, of Secular Homeschooling Magazine, was robbed. When she asked the thief to give back her content, he said that he was making too much from it, and he wouldn’t give it back.

Basic rules of blog etiquette:

  • Don’t publish other blog’s or website’s content without permission, unless it’s within the “fair use” clause, which means it’s OK to reprint a very small portion of a larger work with proper credit.
  • Don’t take credit for other people’s work – explicitly or implicitly.
  • Put an obvious link to the source of any content you quote. Also, if possible, add the author’s name.
  • If the quote is long, include only a paragraph or two at most, and include a link to the original site (unless permission was granted to reprint).
  • If you are making a lot of money or getting a lot of clicks because of something someone else wrote, then it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Give it back. Let the original author benefit from what they wrote. You didn’t write it. They did. This is called stealing. This is exactly why copyright laws exist.

This is very uncool homeschooler behavior, IMHO. Just because we can get away with things, doesn’t give us the OK to do them.

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8 Responses to “Homeschooler Steals Online Content”

  1. Even I Know Not To Do THAT! « A Woman On Purpose Says:

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  2. momlovesbeingathome Says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Those people should be ashamed of themselves!!! I was pretty sure I had posted this on my own site (a link that is – not the whole list) and so I checked to make sure I had the correct link and thankfully I had linked to her site. I shared a link for where I read it first but the credit and first link were given to Deborah. 🙂

    Isn’t it sad that people do things like this!?!?

  3. lori Says:

    It’s copyright infringement, and the original publisher can go after the infringer legally. Unfortunately, since she’s a small publisher on a limited budget, she probably can’t afford to get a lawyer involved. I’m sure the infringing homeschooler realizes that and knows s/he can get away with it.

    This all just reinforces something I try to remind myself and to teach my kids: look past labels and at the individual person. “Homeschooler” does not necessarily = good.

  4. Kris Bordessa Says:

    This bit came over to me without any accreditation via email – which starts a HUGE problem. Once something starts floating via email without an author’s name, people seem to think it’s a free for all. Within a couple of days, I put two and two together and figured out that it came from SHM, and even noted that on a couple of blogs that had posted the bit without the author’s name/permission. It is a copyright infringement. I think MOST people just honestly don’t get it. But this guy? After having been talked to about it and insisting that he keep it up in order to maintain his traffic? Scumbag.

  5. Stephanie Says:

    May the fleas of a thousand camels nest in their nose hairs tonight.

    Yes, actually, I AM sugarcoating it. Otherwise I might get banned.

    The universe must have REALLY wanted me to learn how to operate trackbacks (sigh).

  6. On Living By Learning Says:

    Tag! You’re it.

    I just tagged you in a meme. Game details are on: http://www.onlivingbylearning.com/2008/02/06/7-interesting-things-about-me.

    I hope you’ll play along!

  7. Tammy Says:

    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    momlovesbeingathome – I checked mine too when I read her blog post.

    lori – Unfortunately, it’s true. It’s true in every group. Every single one, as much as I hate to admit it.

    Kris – Agreed. We all have choices. Our choices tell people who we are.

    Stephanie – LOL There’s always a positive to be spun out of negatives. Yours is that you learned how to use trackbacks. Yay for drama!


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