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

Zachary Kent zachary.kent at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 08:55:17 CDT 2011

I just noticed that this said "in China".  Never mind.  I have no idea what
the copyright laws are like in China.

2011/3/28 Zachary Kent <zachary.kent at gmail.com>

> 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.
> Zach
> 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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