A friend of mine clued me in on the fact that my “Sacred Cows” posts have been reprinted verbatim without permission or attribution in the January edition of Illinois’ “Gun News”. (It’s on page 11, as “Don’t buy THAT gun!”) The only attribution they give is to “MCKNBRD at the Appleseed forums”, who has taken it upon himself to entertain his forum friends with my blog posts…again, without attribution or permission.
Folks, it’s getting to where it’s not funny. I had committed those articles to someone else, for actual money, and these people are basically stealing the meat off my kids’ sandwiches. I don’t have the spare change to let a lawyer off the leash every time this happens, and I may just have to stop writing those gun-related essays and articles as blog posts for general consumption. I do like currency, and the bank holding our mortgage likes timely payments–something that’s much easier to accomplish when people don’t just run by the shop and swipe the sellable merchandise, so to speak.
Ugh. Is the new rule that “everything found on the Internet is automatically public domain”?