Do you hear that? Thats the sound of the old-media dam bursting. Desperate for content and finding it impossible to compete with blogs when it comes to niche news coverage, Flare magazine has started ripping off content straight from blogs into their magazine, and claiming it to be their own.
Babar Bhatti has all the evidence here.
Spider has quoted Green & White a few times in the "around the blogosphere" section but they atleast give credit and a full link back to us.
This is shameful, particularly because they’re forgetting that blogs own copyright for their content and can very very easily file a case on this. Maybe this will be the start of a longer debate between old and new media on content ownership and distribution. From my view it is very easy for old-media to reposition itself as content aggregation and distribution channels. Print can still achieve higher distribution numbers (atleast on paper) and get the content to some demographics better than blogs, but blogs and the nature of bloggers can sometimes create deeper feature articles.
If print simply chooses to pay bloggers for each story chosen just as they pay freelancers, I dont think many would have a problem with this. But something needs to be done about people who are assuming that blog content is free for redistribution.
Flare’s contact info is:
Voice : +92-51-2890054
Someone, please get on their case and get a response from their editor to the comments below. We need to do this for Babar and the rest of us.