I am not sure there is a new term for Blog Etiquette so I have coined a couple above…I prefer Bloqiquette personally. The point is I am sure that there is one somewhere and I have read the Bloggers Code of Conduct but it doesn’t seem to answer my questions. I am presently reading Naked Conversations recommended to me by my colleague Ryan Sasaki…he’s just set up his own blog…Ryan’s Blog on NMR Software. The book is a good read but I can’t get anything of value to answer my specific questions.

I am unsure of copyright on my postings. Is it mine or by default for everyone to copy and paste into their own blogs. I’ve seen multiple conversations and my judgment is this is not acceptable. What does this blogging community have to say?

Why do I care? I’ve been in the blogosphere for less than two weeks. And it’s been busy. I’ve learned about trackbacks as acknowledgment of someones thoughts and posts. It seems appropriate to acknowledge. What I’m experiencing though I’ll deem as poaching. Large sections of my posts are being pasted into another blog without my permission, graphics and all. The images are even hot-linked back to the original posting. Now, there is the idea of having some fun and swapping the image out with an annotation of “Grabbed without permission from the ChemSpider Blog”. While fun it’s more entertaining than professional in nature.

I welcome comments and feedback since that is the magic of blogging. What is the right blogiquette re. grabbing large portions of a persons blog to comment rather than posting comments to the original blog?

Since it seems so acceptable I will copy and paste for my discussion about Web 2.0 and ChemSpider.

Stumble it!

5 Responses to “Bletiquette, Blogiquette or Blog Etiquette?”

  1. shel israel says:

    You are right, Naked Conversations does not answer your specific question. The ultimate answer may have to wait for the Supreme Court. There are “scrapers” who steal popular blog content quite regularly, so that they can sell Google ads, and very few bloggers have ever considered doing much about it. You also can subscribe to Creative Commons [http://creativecommons.org] who will give you some protection. The good news is that most bloggers are happy to link to sources they are quoting. It is an essential ingredient to how blogging works. It happens that Robert Scoble and I blogged early chapters of our blog on our web site and we did not have a single paragraph plagiarized or quoted without attribution from the best I can make out.

  2. Egon Willighagen says:

    Hi Antony, in blogosphere (not just in chemistry) it is common to cite each other, though I do not see copy/pasting of large parts of blog items much. The solution would be to indicate on each webpage in your blog a statement like “This blog item is Copyright (C) 200x A. Williams. All rights reserved.” and make a statement what licence people’s comments are required to use. For example, I had each of my blog items marked as CC+A (or something like that), but that line seems to have been lost when I upgraded to the new blogger.com architecture. Have to fix that. Not doing this leaves the reader in ambiguity, and might make different judgement on fair use.

  3. Tricia Cross says:

    Content scraping is a common characteristic of blogs set up purely to gain rank in the search engines, particularly the most commonly used of those, Google. In turn, the gain in rank allows such spam blogs, or splogs, to attain higher placement in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for particular keywords which can then be associated with the site’s affiliate links and advertising scripts and so draw revenue.

    Original words you write are your copyright by default, regardless of whether you state so or not, at least under UK and US law. You might assign a commons-type license, or a copyleft statement to your words, if you wished others to use said words freely but with attribution. A gray area lies in the use of RSS newsfeeds, however, where, by definition, content is intended for syndication, but again a statement that others should or should not scrape the site’s feed would clarify acceptable usage.

    The addition of the copyright symbol and a date to blog posts would help secure any legal stance you wished to make in respect of splogs.


  4. Ryan Sasaki says:

    Thanks for the plug Tony.

    On the topic, Debbie Weil, author of, “The Corporate Blogging Book” is my go-to source for this kind of information.


    She links to:


    Sheds some light on the situation.


  5. Mitch says:

    Hot linking images is a big no-no, I don’t care who you are, taking someone else’s bandwidth is never okay!

    As far as copy/pasting blog posts… I think it’s fine, but it is definitely not the norm. On some level, you are releasing the data in rss format, which by its very nature was created for mashups.


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