I found this post fascinating, “How The Mainstream Media Stole Our News Story Without Credit.”
It’s about a news item you might have seen, namely the lawsuit a woman filed against Google after she followed Google Maps’ walking directions and was struck by a car on the route.
Attribution is a sticky subject online. Over the years, I’ve tried to play fairly, i.e. using licensed images, attributing stories properly, etc., and after reading Danny’s post, I’m going to try to attribute more accurately.
I encourage you all to do the same. Attribute properly. Use licensed images and videos. It’s a “do unto others” exercise.
Obviously, driving traffic is the primary driver for attribution, and if a post gets picked up by mainstream media, the blogger stands to gain a lot financially. However, Danny makes an excellent point about the erosion of good journalism, proper attribution, and the shoe being on the other foot.
What’s funny is that as link sharing friction trends toward zero, thanks to services like Facebook and Twitter, original attribution becomes even more important and usage becomes nearly impossible to track.
With some services inlining content like images, video and even full pages, as a content producer, you might never even know your stuff was being seen.
Anyway, for your consideration.
Oh, and the story Danny broke is a laugher too.
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