A content theft or a WordPress feature?Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 2:04 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet, WordPress | 13 Comments
I tend to get somewhat itchy each time I see my blog posts republished in full length somewhere. Even if there is a link back to my original post, it smells fishy when my creation is obviously being used for seeking commercial profit. The fair thing to do would be to just publish a brief quote and refer the visitor to read all of the post where I posted it.
There are no Google ads visble at Wpfind.com but most of the links at the site (those that my text is supposed to attract the visitor of the site to click on) look suspicious indeed. It looks even more suspicious that the site presents itself as a WordPress search engine designed to help users of WordPress.com:
Wpfind is a way of allowing the millions WordPress users to rapidly search WordPress including their and friends blogs from one simple and easy to use interface. The secondary aim was to make these blogs very easy to spider by search engines so users journals can achieve more popularity and a higher readership.
There is even a link to a blog hosted by WordPress.com which is said to provide information on “recent progress on development”. Interestingly, however, clicking to that link produces a familiar error message referring to a violation of WordPress.com terms of service:
A WHOIS query to the site does not quite look like it would be ran or even endorsed by WordPress.com. So maybe the good folks of the WordPress team should have a look at the site and take appropriate measures. I have norhing against contributing to genuinely useful projects that actually benefit the community but I have quite a lot against plain content theft.
So which one is it? A search engine targeted at one site would not sound like an effective idea especially if it needs to publish the whole post, using a whole page to publish it as it returns “search results”. Just think of how consuming it would be to harvest search results to a popular query at Google or Technorati if they used the same method.