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Copyrighting Content Confuses Copiers

On the heels of yesterday's post comes the issue of RSS feeds as discussed by blog neighbor Denise Howell.

She asks the question whether an RSS feed is an implied license or whether it alters an express license. She notes that the Trademark Blog has yanked its feed from Bloglines (no link intentional). Denise likewise points to Dennis Kennedy's perspective, who plans now to preemptively add ads to his RSS feeds since Bloglines is making money from his feed.

Bag and Baggage and MIPTC both utilize the "Some Rights Reserved" Creative Commons license. That means you can copy content as long as you attribute the content to the author, but you can't use the content for commercial purposes.

Apparently, Bloglines missed that part for some blogs.

At least MIPTC isn't so popular on Bloglines that the company feels the need to place advertisements on their version of my feed. To me, the Bloglines feed looks like a feed, and the site links directly to MIPTC, and that's fine with me. Not so for other blogs.

RSS feeds push content from blogs, and with that push, all the rights and responsibilities that come along with it. MIPTC will likely add some type of copyright caveat to the feed now, given this issue. I'm also going to follow Dennis Kennedy's advice and include ads in the RSS feeds, Podcast feeds and Vidcast feeds.

Any sponsors out there? (Hint, hint, Law.com).

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