Wow! Published writer, Adam Daifallah who shared the limelight with me in yesterday's Sun "Best of the Blogs", is somewhat upset that he was not consulted for permission to quote some material, even though due credit was given.
We are now debating the whole situation on his excellent blog.
Personally, I think it's like the Wild West out here in cyberspace, but perhaps there should be some standards of courtesy and law regarding copyright issues, if there aren't already. If MSM wants to quote something from a blog, it would be difficult to get the author's permission if an email address is not provided on the site (of course in this case, Adam's is available on his website).
My favourite radio talkshow host often reads "Letters to the Editor" from the local paper. Should he be making an effort to (a) get the newspaper's permission first and (b) checking with the letter writer as well?
I think if you put stuff out there, be prepared to have it quoted. Copying material and using it as your own is a whole different thing.
Ironically, today's blog spot in the Sun is quoting Norman Spector referring to European media reports about a story on Brigette Bardot. So we have a MSM quoting a blogger quoting MSM, and here I am referring to all of it. I'm getting a headache!
Last December, my letter that the National Post had published about Belinda Stronach, ended up on Norman's blog as his pick for 'Letter of the Day' ("The Politics of Shoes"). I was quite flattered, but only happened across it by accident when I was googling my name (yes, I do that too...) Nobody asked my permission, and that letter was reproduced in its entirety.
What should we do? Form a union and go on strike? Lobby the government for better pay and working conditions?
The first thing I'd better do is contact Adam about referring to his blog!