Yesterday's post concerning a "legal blog" which was publishing content of others as its own, without attribution, has been removed. The owner stopped by with this comment:
Immediately addressed the issue. Webmaster says he was linking to all original sources and just adding his own random thoughts prior to the link. A Drudge Report model. Defended himself by saying, [another blogger] hasn't once given credit for ALL the Copyrighted Photographs on his site that he scrapes and then adds his cracks underneath". Nonetheless, I don't like that it offended anyone. Time to rethink having anyone do anything on your behalf.
I'm satisfied with this (after all, it wasn't my writing that was stolen – I'm just an officious intermeddler), and have removed the post naming the scraper from public view. It appears that the offending "blog" now redirects to the lawyer's firm website.
Personal to EL: I disagree, strongly, with the assertion that what was going on at your site was anything like what [another blogger] does. Your site did not link to the source. Your site did not provide attribution. It simply lifted others' posts, whole cloth, and made it appear as though they were written at your site.
When [another blogger] quotes others, he does provide links. He does attribute. He does provide valuable commentary beneath. That isn't plagiarism.
And you don't owe an apology to me. If anyone's owed an apology, it's Eric Turkewitz of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog.