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Discussion in 'Publishing' started by BWFoster78, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. BWFoster78

    BWFoster78 Myth Weaver

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    I read a blog post that made my blood boil, and I wanted to do the following:

    1. link to it
    2. summarize the points that I believe are wrong (it's about self publishing and the guy sounds like he wrote it about the state of self publishing in the 1800s)
    3. rebut it.

    The blog post clearly state, however, that you can't reuse any portion of it without the idiot's express permission.

    I was thinking that the "fair use" doctrine would allow me to do what I'm planning. What say you?
     
  2. BWFoster78

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    Okay. Did a little research myself. This is what the Electronic Frontier Foundations says:

    I think I'm good. I didn't even quote the guy, just offered some pithy summarizations.
     
  3. Aosto

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    Well now you have me intrigued as to the contents of the blog post. Are you willing to link us to it?
     
  4. Chime85

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    It's hard to say without knowing the exact content of the blog (that in itself seems to be part of the problem haha), the site (tumblre etc) and how you exactly you intend to do what you want to do.

    Linking the blog shouldn''t be a problem, he does not own the web address, he probably doesn't even technically own what he placed on the website. It's on public display, assuming you didn't have to sign in to anything to read it, he hasn't got much of a leg to stand on.

    If it is something he created, such as a script, then it is his. If that's the case, it might be worth staying on the side of caution and not picking this particular battle. If he has quouted someones work, he has no right to withold that information. It sounds like he has cited information that was not originally his own, I wonder whos permission he got for that?

    My advice, either write your rebuttle on his page, therefore keeping within the confines of "his" domain. Or, you can simply copy the link and write your remarks on your own page.

    Double check the blog hosting sites legal bits and bobs to see what exactly he can claim rights to. I highly doubt his rights are as firm as he believes they are.

    x

    ps: when you've checked your standing and written your remarks, pls post a link :p hehe
     
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  5. Steerpike

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    You should be fine, BWFoster. I wouldn't worry about it. As you said, you're not even using any of his text (and even if you were using short excerpts, you'd be OK). You don't need permission to discuss someone else's work, or to cite it in doing so. It is hard to envision him being successful were he to object to a link to it.
     
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  6. BWFoster78

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    Steerpike,

    Thanks. That's what I thought, but it's good to get your opinion on it. I hate it when people add those stupid disclaimers. You can't use any of this post without my permission? Really?

    Aosto,

    It's live on my blog now. The link is in my sig file.

    To save you from having to click, though: He basically posted about self publishing like the last five years didn't exist. He implied that self publishing is what "vanity" publishing used to be, and all his points seemed to center around that misconception.
     
  7. BWFoster78

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    Chime,

    A lot of his article is valid. It advises authors to avoid the latest fads in publishing. Then he writes this section on self publishing where he basically goes off on the practice based on things like: where are you going to sell the books? Amazon? Then you have to go down to the post office and mail them all yourself.

    Really? What century are you living in, dude?

    My blog link is in my sig file. The post in question is the top one.

    Thanks for your interest.
     
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  8. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Mail them? So he's talking about physical publishing rather than eBooks, I think. Or does he ever draw the distinction?
     
  9. BWFoster78

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    When I first read the post, I assumed that I had ran across something from five years ago or something. They guy never mentions ereaders or POD. He seems to think that you still need to buy hundreds of books and stack them in your garage.
     
  10. Aosto

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    Commenting on his blog will likely lead nowhere. He has them moderated. I commented none-the-less.

    Was my comment should he not approve it.
     
  11. BWFoster78

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    Exactly. We'll see if they publish them.
     
  12. writeshiek33

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    it is a she who posted thius not theorginatoal writer of the article someone else wriiten it


    /http://www.dochensley.com/author/admin/

    this the authors actual site not that blog
     
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  13. BWFoster78

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    Yeah, I noticed that as well. I think it makes sense to make comments at the blog that reposted it as opposed to his site.

    I'm pretty new to the blogging world, though. What is the accepted etiquette?
     
  14. writeshiek33

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    it could be an old article of his
     
  15. BWFoster78

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    True. Which is also partly why I'm linking to the blog instead of his article. The blogger should have recognized and noted the outdated material.
     
  16. writeshiek33

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    yeah as an author she sholuld have and i noticed the orginal article author is christian writer not that his website seems hevely envisize his religion strange
     
  17. Steerpike

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    He is a professor at a religious institution and his writing seems to center largely around religious issues, or at least take a religious viewpoint, so I think that explains the religious elements at his web site.
     
  18. Zero Angel

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    Makes me wish I had 35 friends and family...~fail~
     
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