Google’s dictionary defines blasphemy as the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. As a community of bloggers, poets, and writers, what could be more inviolable than the our intellectual property?
Over the past week or so there has been a fair amount of traffic in the blogosphere about an India based platform that is harvesting WordPress content without any contact with or concern for the originators of that content.
I am saddened to see that at least two of my favourite blogs have now been withdrawn from public view because of this. I also note that Fandango and others have diligently sought aid from WordPress, and Digital Ocean – thus far to no avail.
Fandango’s challenge today, to use the word blasphemy, is timely, and while I would prefer to have written a fiction piece, this topic needed to be addressed.
While it may do no good, I will state here that this piece and all my other work (which is duly noted on my blog as copyrighted) is covered by the following statement: “Reposting by Tygpress.com not authorised.” It may not stop them, but it will make for interesting reading on their site if we all did it.