There aren’t any legal issues with I Wrote This For You. Neither Jon nor I mind if you copy our content across to your own blog, tumblr, twitter feed, whatever. That’s fine.
What upsets me is identity theft and intellectual property theft. Here’s the fine line.
You find the blog, you enjoy it, you want to share it with your friends. You post the line, or the picture and the line and a link back.
Perfect. More people are exposed to our work, you’re the one that discovered it, everyone involved is happy.
You find the blog, you enjoy it, you want to share it with your friends. You start a blog with the same name as mine, pretend to be me and then repost my content as your own.
The only person who’s happy in this situation, is you.
Why, I have no idea as I’ve never felt any sense of accomplishment for something I didn’t do.
You’re more than welcome to start a blog based on mine. You’re more than welcome to put my content anywhere you want. But please acknowledge the source.
There’s a story about Pablo Picasso that I really enjoy. It goes something like this.
As the woman grabbed for the napkin, Mr. Picasso said "Madame, that will be 10000 USD". The women reacted in a shock "but that took you only a few minutes!". "No Madame" replied Pablo Picasso "It took me 50 years".
It’s taken me 29 years to write this for you. Please respect that.