Gawker Bagged for Stealing Blog Content
If you haven't seen the video of the Star Wars characters riding public transit and role playing a scene from the movie, you have to check it out below.
The video was done by Improv Everywhere and it's been making it way around the interwebs.
Gawker got into the fray with a posting of their own. Oh wait, not of theirs, but the actual Improv Everywhere video.
As a result, Charlie Todd posted to his blog that it appeared that Gawker boosted the video from YouTube and posted it to their site without permission or without embedding it like the rest of the internet.
So Gawker.tv posted about my Star Wars Subway Car video today, but instead of embedding my video from YouTube like the rest of the Internet does, they ripped it from YouTube and uploaded it to their own site without permission. So I get no credit for any of the views of the video on their site. How nice! Also, by uploading their own ripped version of the video, they can prevent me from seeing any AdSense revenue and focus on making their own money from the ads surrounding the post. Awesome! And they link to Buzzfeed at the end of the post rather than, you know, linking to the group that made the video they ripped off. Cool! Oh, and to top it off, they throw in a little snarky comment about this being an upgrade from our previous antics. Sweet!
Thanks Gawker.tv! It’s such an honor to have you take my content in full and use it for your own benefit!Of course, this is a glaring disregard for copyright law. Nice to see Todd jabbing at the blogging media giant. Apparently Gawker fixed the post after Todd made the request.
How about an apology Gawker? What gives you the right to steal content or at least not attributing the source?
To me, that's lazy and sneaky journalism. Yes, the web is full of repeats, but if you source your material and give proper kudo's, then it's all good. If you don't, then you get into these types of situations.
Gawker should know better.