You all already know it is a major pet peeve of every blogger, journalist and publisher (print or online) to see their work stolen and attributed as work produced by the thieves. Yet, this act of stealing the content of another is SO rampant among African owned blogs it is crazy. I have seen Ghanaians and Nigerians bloggers, in particular, do it. The stealing of content includes photos that are watermarked as that of the website owner/blogger when it is not.
Bloggers, you have no business watermarking a photographer’s image/images that does not belong to you. Doing so is stealing. The images are the COPY-RIGHT of the photographer. In simple English, you have not paid for the images, neither do you have the permission to say the photo belongs to you when it does not. I have heard many photographers complain about the watermarking of their images without permission.
Second, stealing written content is equally as bad. You should take an excerpt of the content you intend to use, quote it; and be sure to let your audience know where you got the excerpt from.
Cameroon blog NextDim has “had it up to here” with Nigerian and Ghanaian bloggers that steal their content and they have issued a warning. Read on. . .
“Nigerian and Ghanaian blogs have flagrantly infringed our intellectual property by stealing our content word for word without giving credits to Nexdim. In this light, the management of NexDim-Cameroon is sending a STRONG WARNING to all plagiarists to refrain from this malicious act else legal action shall be taken . . .”
NextDim has the full story.