Showing Contempt Toward Something Considered Inviolable

Blank, Screen, Empty, Computer

image: Pixabay  Will the blank screen become the future of blogging?

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I am saddened to see that at least two of my favourite blogs have now been withdrawn from public view because of this.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 not authorised.”  It may not stop them, but it will make for interesting reading on their site if we all did it.


FOWC with Fandango — Blasphemy


3 thoughts on “Showing Contempt Toward Something Considered Inviolable

  1. I’ve done what I can, too. Google is useless. Removing the reblog buttons doesn’t matter. Taking out categories and tags makes no difference either. Short of deleting all of our posts, there’s nothing to do but live with it. But didn’t we already realize this is what’s going on? With all the suits again FB and Instagram and Google … not to mention the Russians and others trying and succeeding at interfering with our elections, what did we think WE could do?

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  2. Good post. I’m still trying to get my head around what’s happening. It seems to me that tygpress is taking a continuous stream from the RSS feeds. Is that illegal? It’s what RSS is for, to enable continuance of up-to-date material. And maybe tygpress has requested the same, and here we are believing we’ve got a new follower? Where the law is broken … if it is broken … is in displaying that material. Yet tygpress doesn’t claim this as their own, every post in every blog has the link back to the original blog. I have seen far more blatant abuse of copyright on WP blogs where images are shown that are not credited to their originator. And not all those are in the public domain or for free uncredited use.
    I don’t like what’s happening. I can’t figure how tygpress is making money from it, yet they do weigh in at a good income, so they must be doing something. Selling our blogs for social research, as was done with Facebook?
    Moreover, while we might clamour that tygpress is stealing from us, tygpress is also stealing from WordPress. For confidence in WordPress is rapidly slipping due to their apparent inaction. I say apparent, for who knows what actions are occurring beyond our ken.

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