It is more than plagiarism.
It is intellectual property theft.
The Trial Warrior Blog is a personal law blog (blawg). I devote a significant amount of time and energy in writing posts for the benefit of my readers. It is NOT commercial speech or lawyer advertising and is in no way associated with my legal practice or my law firm.
I have previously taken a stand on this issue, which resulted in lawyerlocate.ca abandoning its RSS aggregator feed.
Today I noticed that one of my posts has been redirected by an RSS feed in violation of my copyright. The only exceptions are where I have authorized or consented to have my blawg being added to a RSS feed aggregator (e.g. Canadian Law Blogs List at lawblogs.ca because Steve Matthews had the courtesy to ask first) or the exclusive, non-transferrable license granted to Newstex to syndicate my blawg, for which I receive a nominal royalty which covers administrative costs associated with operating my blawg.
Here is the email text of my cease-and-desist notice and takedown demand to Mobispine AB, the owner of NewsAlloy.com, regarding breach of my copyright:
Humlegårdsgatan 20, 114 46 Stockholm
To Whom It May Concern:
I am the owner of The Trial Warrior Blog: https://thetrialwarrior.com/.
According to the PR Web post dated May 11, 2012: http://www.prweb.com/releases/mobispine/newsalloy/prweb1108824.htm, your company has acquired NewsAlloy.com, the Web based feed reader.
Recently, I have noticed at least three redirects by newsalloy.com for this post: http://newsalloy.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthetrialwarrior.com%2F2012%2F02%2F29%2Fmodel-law-not-common-law-governs-enforcement-of-foreign-arbitral-awards-in-ontario%2F
The following “Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License” copyright notice is prominently displayed on the main page of my blog:
This work is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
You are in flagrant breach of my copyright.
I have neither consented nor authorized NewsAlloy.com to redirect, republish, or otherwise reproduce, in whole or in part, through the means of an RSS feed, the content of my blog. The NewsAlloy.com RSS redirect reproduces the entirety of my blog post, which is neither “fair dealing” under the Canadian federal Copyright Act, RSC 1985, c C-42, nor “fair use” under the U.S. Copyright law, title 17, U. S. Code.
I hereby demand that you immediately remove the RSS feed linking, redirecting or republishing the content of my blog. If I do not receive written confirmation that you have complied with this cease-and-desist notice and takedown demand by no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, May 14, 2012, I will have no recourse but to commence legal action against and seek monetary damages and equitable relief.
Please govern yourself accordingly.
Antonin I. Pribetic”
Let’s see if and how they respond.
I have subsequently modified my Creative Commons license to reflect the Canadian content of my blog as follows:
The Trial Warrior Blog by Antonin I. Pribetic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.