Uncommon Plagiarism?

I just noticed something ironic. I read most blogs in a feed aggregator, and the feed from Uncommon Descent adds the following to each post:

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Copyright © 2007 Uncommon Descent. This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact legal@www.uncommondescent.com so we can take legal action immediately.

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In view of the recent discussions about Bill Dembski’s use of animation made by someone else, without giving credit to its source, isn’t it seriously ironic for them to threaten legal action against those who reproduce their posts in a form that presumably at least gives credit whether credit is due?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04018824090441668781 ntWrong

    I’m not terribly knowledgeable about this stuff, but I suspect they’re trying to guard against robots “scraping” posts from the Uncommon Descent feed.If the robot also scrapes the copyright info (“If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement”) the robot exposes the operators of the site as plagarists.Hence the request for readers to contact Uncommon Descent.

  • J-Dog

    To me, this is supremely Ironic. Almost looks as if it was Designed Ironic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09924796617668384141 Bob O’Hara

    Surely that’s not even a valid email address! No wonder Billy D. wasn’t aware he was doing something wrong, he couldn’t even contact his legal department.


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