How Should You React If Someone Uses Your Content Without Crediting You?
from the questions,-questions dept
We here at Techdirt certainly take something of an extreme position when it comes to reusing our words: we won’t even stop you if you don’t give us credit. But, mostly, that’s because we recognize that taking credit for someone else’s work is likely to backfire on you, damaging your reputation, and we believe that in the end, you’ll regret it. Still, that doesn’t make it enjoyable when we see someone trying to pass off our work as their own, so I can certainly understand the reaction of people who get quite upset when it happens. Still, even if you get upset, that doesn’t mean you should immediately fly off the handle and threaten legal action. There are much more measured ways to approach it.
For example, Brian points us to a blog post by the folks at Common Craft, who have noticed that many mainstream media sources are using their video about how Twitter works without any credit whatsoever. The content itself is under a Creative Commons non-commercial, no-derivatives license, which it seems clear most of the media properties in question are breaking. Only one (ABC/Disney) actually seems to have followed through on the licensing terms.
I’m not writing to make a big hairy deal about the use of the video. The truth is, we’re not sure what’s appropriate or what to expect
And then asks the community what they think and how they should respond… while also naming the offending parties (NPR, CNN, CBS and KOMO News in Seattle). No matter what you think of the situation, or what Common Craft should do, I think it’s fantastic to see yet another case of someone taking a much more measured and reasonable approach to such things, rather than immediately going into “threat” or “cease-and-desist” mode. Personally, I think that the approach they’ve taken makes the most sense: simply make your community and your fans aware of the situation, and then watch as they help police it for you — alerting news organizations (most of whom probably didn’t even realize they should have credited the video) of their mistake.