Once again Patriots, Conservatives, RKBAians, or whatever they call themselves this week step on their own neckties in pursuit of Nirvana.
Two of the earliest links I posted on my Blogroll when I first launched my little blog on the rough and roiling seas of the Internet 18 months ago were to David Codrea’s War On Guns Blog and the mega message board site Free Republic.
Heaven knows they have both been good to this little one oar rowboat blog especially when you consider I do not post cookie recipes to attract readership.
Now, alas, fisticuffs have broken out between these two favorite sites.
In many respects, they are equally matched.
Freepers, as they refer to themselves, are at best a wild and woolly bunch whose message board discussions can evoke images of barroom brawls as portrayed in a John Wayne Western.
(You know, the visiting Ingénue sits on the bar with a teapot as she waits for a chance to smash it on the head of an evildoer as they coast past her position while Granny knits quietly in the corner and trips everyone who comes within range)
And Codrea is a professional gun magazine writer whose online commentary frequently includes obscure sentences of the *We discussed that HERE(HTML Link) and HERE(HTML Link) and HERE(HTML Link) * variety leading readers through a rabbit warren maze of topics and references that would make Google proud.
So it is probably no surprise in a head -to-head collision confusion and incoherence will abound in all directions
In this particular case Codrea has managed to trigger Free Republic’s Legendary MODERATE-THEM-ALL-LET-GOD-SORT-THEM-OUT policy because of a dispute over some of his Examiner.com articles.
His claim? His Examiner.com articles are reprinted in their entirety on the Free Republic Website and as a consequence he is not properly compensated for his work product which is paid on a piece work viewer click basis. CLICK LINK HERE
A brief keyword search of “Codrea” reveals a somewhat mixed result. CLICK LINK HERE
About half a dozen Freepers have posted his columns over the past six months, most of them well within fair use guidelines. CLICK LINK HERE
In at least a few examples due diligent fair use is practiced almost to excess with one example generating nearly six thousand clicks with presumably handsome rewards for Mr. Codrea. CLICK LINK HERE
In other cases, confusion may be a direct result of Mr. Codrea’s own public pronouncements.
Free Republic maintains a excerpt feature as part of their post procedure. Why this excerpt feature is not universally applied to all posts is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, if an author posts permission to reprint with attribution Freepers cheerfully reprint work product in its entirety and bypass the excerpt feature.
Here’s where the confusion begins. On HIS BLOG Mr. Codrea makes this statement: “All of my entries on this site are © David Codrea, but may be posted freely elsewhere as long as they are not edited without my consent, and attribution and a link to this blog are provided.” CLICK LINK HERE
Now is it possible a few of the more gung ho and somewhat naive Freepers (who are legion) find it difficult to distinguish between Mr. Codrea’s BLOG and his online published work for EXAMINER.COM? Especially since Mr. Codrea co-mingles his Examiner.com site with his blog and visa versa?
Yes, the sophisticated among us may smugly believe all Internet users are equally savvy and knowledgeable.
But if my own experience is any guide, every ignoramus is ignoramus in a completely different and unique fashion. At the end of the day a page click from a blog to a publication website is just another click indistinguishable from any other click
Nevertheless, as a result of all this confusion ALL Examiner.com articles are now blocked from the Free Republic Website.
Regardless of how well or how poorly they have been crossposted hundreds of conscientious Examiner.com writers can no longer communicate their ideas through the noise and fog of the Official Propaganda Press Corps Media to an audience eager to read their work because two sets of knuckleheads in two widely separate locations cannot come to terms as all good Capitalists should.
Normally AT THIS POINT I would scream…….but sadly, AT THIS POINT, I suffer from extreme scream fatigue because of the incessant nitwittery which surrounds me.
Can the party of the first part acknowledge the party of the second part may not be as skilled in the use of the Internet or have a Copyright Handbook available?
Can the party of the Second Part acknowledge long standing principles that date back to the Original Congressional Trademark, Patent and Copyright Act should be understood and practiced by Conservatives if no-one else? Repeat after me: DUE DILIGENT FAIR USE EXCERPT. It is not exactly rocket science.
Jeez, guys, if you cannot rule yourselves how will you deal with the Bolsheviks who eviscerate us all even as we cogitate? This nation was founded on the notion of protected innovation as a spur to development and prosperity. Does this really require a dunderhead Attorney Cease-And-Desist letter?
Maybe everything that has occurred in this little Donnybrook is all perfectly legal. But you know what? It still stinks. Color me exasperated.
Here is a thought: Why not thank the people who crossposted correctly and correct the people who crossposted incorrectly? Not nearly as much chaos with that effort, eh?
Oh, and my disclaimer? I hold no brief for Examiner.com, Free Republic, or David Codrea. My interest is solely in the preservation of the Republic and the pursuit of Liberty. A pox on all your houses when you undermine fundamental foundational precepts.