Sad news: I've been ripped off by a major vendor
It genuinely makes the IT Skeptic sorry to say that a major ITSM content vendor has seemingly stolen my content. This kind of thing shouldn't happen. Be aware that Two Hills actively polices our intellectual property and will aggressively defend it.
This doubly shouldn't happen from an organisation that sells digital IP. We are not talking a phrase here and there: this is a 489-word post almost in its entirety, presented as their content with no acknowledgement of its source.
I asked for the content to be taken down and it was immediately, so I won't be naming names...this time.
It is of course possible that the famously absent-minded IT Skeptic has forgotten I gave permission to use the article. In which case I would have asked for an acknowledgement and link. But I don't recall, there is nothing in my mailbox, and there wasn't an acknowledgement. The fact that the only edits I can find were to remove the words "IT Skeptic" and a reference to "BOKKED" makes me confident this was not the case.
To make it even worse, where I had quoted someone and linked to it, they left the links out! it was a crude cut'n'paste.
Our terms and conditions are here. Copyright terms are also at the bottom of every page.
A "brief extract" is a quotation, within the normal definition of "fair use". It is not a whole bloody 500 word post.
For example this isn't fair use - it is 50% of the post. Their little mash-up website is barely worth the bother but I have asked for it to be removed. I suspect all I will achieve is spam to that email address. I assume it is an email harvester. A defunct one - it hasn't been updated for over a year: check the dates on news items. I wonder why BMC, CA, Managed Objects, and other vendors associate with this stuff. Google has them sussed: page rank zero - not unranked, zero.
"...in any form" means changing the medium is not fair use. Put it in a book, read it on a podcast, print it on a poster - it is still the same content and requires permission.
I hope this is clear. If it can be made any clearer without the need for two hoodies with baseball bats please let me know what we can do to clarify these terms.
Digital vendors should know better.