Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ya-har, it's blogging piracy — Part 2

If you missed Part 1, it's here.

Mr. Pheer was kind enough to offer a response of sorts to my previous post, although it has since been removed. He correctly pointed out that my site was set up in such a manner that it had a fully syndicated RSS feed. Fair enough.

Interested to learn more about the site I was now a contributor for, I decided to have a look in my limited bag of tricks to learn more about my new business enterprise. After all, as a professional journalist, my as-of-yet good name is my saleable asset. It's what pays the bills, and I'd like to think my byline is attached only to content of the highest quality.

Needless to say, that wasn't exactly what I found. (Link removed)

I have since changed my site so that it only offers a limited feed, something that I hope does not interfere with other fine feed services like hockeyblogs.org, Sharkspage, Newsgator, Bloglines and others from which many of my readers visit.

Mr. Pheer, while I wish you well in your new hockey venture, I would ask that I no longer be listed as a contributing member. For that, I'll stick with The Globe and Mail.

My sincere thanks.


UPDATE I have since been removed as a contributor. (Mr. Ovadia is going at it alone.)

16 Comments:

At 10:10 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked his site better. ; )

 
At 10:26 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Greg said...

You might want to put a warning on that link :P

It's a shame that this guy thinks you providing full RSS feeds gives him license to steal your content. It doesn't - it just makes it easy for him to do it.

What an asshat.

Anyway, I used to read your site in an RSS reader exclusively, but unfortunately now I'm going to have to click through to read your site. I hate it, but I completely respect your decision.

 
At 11:11 AM, November 15, 2005, Blogger ninja said...

wow. he considers that site on the up and up? Guess he never had to do a bibliography, or credit a reference of any sort. Even a [via] link would be better. What an enterprising little shit.

 
At 1:52 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Kevin said...

Yikes! As greg said, you might want to put up a warning about the content of that 'mrpheer' site.

 
At 2:00 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think that needs a disclaimer? Look at that site on the Wayback Machine.

No wonder he's been so successful at internet marketing.

 
At 3:22 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Bryant said...

That was actually a blatant violation of your intellectual property rights. Technically, if you were to email the article to him directly he still doesn't have the right to post it publically on his site. At least that's the way it works in the US but I think most civilized countries have similar laws.

I liked the full RSS format batter but if this is what you have to do to keep from giving money to a lawyer then I can live with it :)

 
At 5:43 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you wanted to link to another of my sites that had nothing to do with a blog, I figured I'd swap it for a service your users probably need. Trust me, it could have been much worse. Have a nice day.

-Mr Pheer

 
At 10:56 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me, it could have been much worse. Have a nice day.

Threats now too? Classy.

 
At 12:08 AM, November 16, 2005, Blogger Michael said...

Mr. Pheer is also missusing the Punisher logo on his hockey page. I happen to know that is a trademark of Marvel Entertainment/Comics.

So, if you don't have the money, James, I'm sure Stan Lee & co. does.

Let me make a phone call.....

 
At 5:38 AM, November 16, 2005, Blogger Nick said...

Trust me, it could have been much worse. Have a nice day.

::yawn:: Give me a break.

 
At 7:49 AM, November 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link has been forwarded to something much worse. I would prefer that the link just be taken down and we wont have to dwell on this any further. Until then, enjoy tubgirl.

-Mr Pheer

 
At 4:32 PM, November 16, 2005, Anonymous pete said...

Fun times and hijinx on teh intarweb, eh James?

Lets just file this under L for loopy, my friend.

On the plus side, could it be that you've smoked out the secretive Eklund? Here's me thinking it was Wayne Gretzky all along. Or as it would have been spelled on that site, Wain Gretskee.

All fear teh pheer !!!1111!!1!11. haxorz roxorz!!!!111!!!!1!!!

 
At 6:51 AM, November 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pheer did apologize.

Although, I wonder if he will apologize to YouGottaReadThis.com for stealing their cry baby image.

http://www.yougottareadthis.com/img/Democratic-Seal.jpg

 
At 8:37 AM, February 27, 2008, Anonymous plush said...

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At 6:23 PM, March 17, 2008, Anonymous black mold said...

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At 11:56 PM, April 06, 2009, Blogger J. SCOTT said...

MrPheer is well known for this. he's even an Urban legend. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=MrPheer&defid=3856482

 

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