Wired News reports that the several well connected blogs just lift material from lesser-known blogs and pass it off as their own without attribution. I think attribution is not just about good etiquette, its about honesty.
The most-read webloggers aren’t necessarily the ones with the most original ideas, say researchers at Hewlett-Packard Labs.
Using newly developed techniques for graphing the flow of information between blogs, the researchers have discovered that authors of popular blog sites regularly borrow topics from lesser-known bloggers — and they often do so without attribution. [Amit Asaravala/Wired]
I myself have noticed this happening and was considering blogging about it. It comes as little relief to know that this is part of a wider phenomenon.
So let me thank and appreciate all those bloggers who have carried material from The Acorn with due attribution.
I think the Creative Commons licensing framework (reproduced below) is a wonderful way to facilitate exchange of ideas, especially on the Internet. Let us keep to its spirit
You are free:
* to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
* to make derivative works
* to make commercial use of the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
* For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
* Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the author.
Your fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.
Update: Om Malik provides a link to the HP Lab’s study