Copyright: Just because I have an RSS feed, it doesn’t mean you get to steal my content

I recently had an interesting exchange by e-mail with someone who had taken my entire RSS feed, re-publishing it wholesale on their website. Of course, I’m not a big fan of people stealing my stuff, so I dropped the site editor a terse, but businesslike e-mail.

My E-mail

Hey there.

The response…

Haje, that came in on an RSS syndicate. I didn’t edit it, It was added automatically just as YOU included it in YOUR RSS FEED.

So, what’s the problem?

Well, the problem is that this ‘editor’ apparently doesn’t quite understands how copyright works. Sidenote: accusing me of “stupidity”, and “jumping on [my] high horse and making laughable threats” would fly a lot better if you knew what you were talking about, mr Editor, but that’s by the by.

My response

As follows:


I have rudimentary legal training in UK media law, but my training is several years old, and you’d be insane to take legal advice from some random bloke off the internet anyway. Nothing in this post is meant as actual legal advice — talk to your solicitor, that’s what they are there for!

Further Reading

This is part of a 4-story series:

  1. Protecting your copyright in a Digital World
  2. Just because it’s in my RSS feed, doesn’t mean you get to steal it
  3. Ignorance is no excuse

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CEO of Konf, pitch coach for startups, enthusiastic dabbler in photography.

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