What do you do, if you see your blogpost somewhere else with a different byline and additional content? I wasn’t sure what to do; I was frozen for several hours. My post was copied and pasted, with a new photo inserted. And it wasn’t ‘by me.’
There is a proper way of doing things, and this certainly didn’t fit the bill.
It was the first time it’s happened to me. I asked a friend to look at it, but that took too long, so I asked the WordPress Administration instead. Their verdict: “it is not a reblog.” And they suggested a course of action. I was left no choice but to send formal notification of infringement, with a plea to the blogger to use the proper format (A. write a feature/ B. ‘reblog this post’ button), or remove the content. If I wish to feature someone else’s work (Dodging Rainbows), I will do exactly that – with their permission – or I will reblog their post: it’s not mine.
My material is not play-dough for lazy writers, it really does have meaning for me. I use this blog to hone my writing skills, to better survive in the unforgiving world of deadlines, publishers and readers. After I post(raw), I edit, weeks on end, often longer, until it can be considered as serious literature. I want you to like it, but I can’t tolerate the misuse of my intellectual property – none of us will.
In the last 24hrs I’ve learned the risks of blogging; it’s no different to the jungle of Hollywood, where the smile makes you dizzy while the hand takes your stuff. This experience has left me mistrustful, but I will continue to share what I write, in good faith, with a friendly reminder: Permission is not granted.