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Kotaku just reposted my article without asking
I would've let them post it anyway, but still...
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Kotaku just reposted my article without asking

 

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In case you didn't know, Kotaku is a hugely popular site. And it's also hugely unpopular at the same time for doing stuff like this among other things.

Just a bit ago, I noticed traffic coming to my blog from Kotaku. I don't get a whole lot of traffic, so I'm fairly happy about getting some more publicity. What I'm not happy about is how Kotaku essentially reposted my original content without asking me first and pretending that it's something new by writing a bit of original text around quotes of my text. It's not like they were writing something original and using my work as a reference, but instead, they essentially reposted my article without saying anything new. They did link back to my site (though judging by one of the comments, it wasn't very obvious at first), but it's still borderline plagiarism, if it isn't completely plagiarism. It is the internet though, and that sort of thing is to be expected. However, it shouldn't be expected and accepted from big sites like Kotaku.

So, anyway, I'm a tad peeved that they're profiting off my work more than I am, but I guess I'll allow it since I am getting some traffic out of it as well.

For reference, here's my original post: http://whattheycallgames.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-does-bowser-want-with-fairies.html

Kotaku's repost is here, assuming you actually want to give them traffic: http://kotaku.com/fan-theory-the-mario-games-are-too-hard-on-bowser-1669320131
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Linkums : Shouldn't he a tleast ask you first? Make a complaint there or email yannick or something
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Linkums : That's not plagiarism. Yannick quoted you and referenced your blog (and even linked to it), giving credit to you while padding out the material a bit with his own opinions and questions. While he did quote you pretty heavily, he didn't take credit for your work at all. The author seemed genuinely interested in your opinions and wanted to add to them. Perhaps you feel you deserve some monetary or other compensation, but that's not how the law currently works. If you feel it should be changed, you can fight for that, start a petition or such. Perhaps he should have asked you first. He probably didn't know this would offend you. But if it was a mistake, forgive him! Stewing over it won't solve anything.
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supernerd117 : Yeah, I know it's technically legal and a very common thing for websites to do nowadays. I'm not that upset, but it would be nice if they had the courtesy to contact me first.
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I know a lot when it comes to internet, especially on the law side of things, and this is generally allowed as long as they link back to it. In my opinion, I am really a bit shocked that you would have liked for them to contact you first because In all of my years I have never seen someone ask permission if they linked back. Even for my own personal work, I have written many various articles and I eventually see them on other sites and I'm happy. Generally, I see people ask only if they are directly using that piece for a profit.
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