[thelist] how to convince customers not to copy others' content?

Zachary Kent zachary.kent at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 08:54:21 CDT 2011

I would suggest they consult their attorney on the legalities and correct
methods of redistribution of other's content.  If they have a knowledgeable
attorney, that should end the issue of copying right there.


On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM, Zhang Weiwu <zhangweiwu at realss.com> wrote:

> Hello. Doing web business in China I come across customers asking me to
> copy others' content from time to time, typical frequent request is like
> this:
> Customer: Okay, so let's have a blog section, so that to attract visitor
> attention and search traffic.
> Me: The blogger you just mentioned already decided to host his blog in
> sina.com. I guess we can "bribe" him in, perhaps? We could offer better
> and more specialized services like this and that, and we got a select of
> audience more focused to his topic.
> Customer: No need that much of trouble, we just copy their blog to our
> website. Can it technically be done?
> Me: Technically there is RSS, thus we can fetch the blog content on our
> website. But sina.com doesn't want us to do it, and blocks images from
> being displayed in this case.
> Personally I think it is a stupid thing to do to just copy their content
> over here. But it's difficult to argue on copyright ground. In China people
> are very practical. I, like most service providers, hate to be regarded as
> someone not practical, which imply in-capable. Discuss copyright issue shows
> you are not practical, 'cos everybody are doing that. Even book publishers
> as client (who owns copyright of many) does not mind about copying others'
> content.
> I think, if I can reason copying content a bad idea on a ROI basis or
> business efficiency basis, or proof that copied content only attract very
> little traffic and the longer staying time of visitors on the website does
> not increase royalty at all, all that doesn't worth the labor to do it, then
> I should be able to recommend my client without being disregarded as not
> practical. Do you have or came across such kind of proof?
> Best regards and thanks in advance
> Zhang Weiwu
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