Last Wednesday, many Internet sites such as Wikipedia went dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). The acts are an attempt by congress to stop intellectual property theft by people who pirate movies, music and other intellectual property for personal gain. The entertainment industry loses millions of dollars a year to the theft of their intellectual property. Today both houses of congress scrapped the acts and will be looking for a method to protect intellectual property without censorship.
One of the things that astonished me about blogging (and there have been many eye opening events) is the blatant theft of intellectual property among bloggers. I had not even been online two weeks when one of my posts was copied and stolen by another “blogger”. She copied my entire blog including all pictures and text, pasted it onto her site and posted it under her name. I of course confronted her, and her response was “everything comes from somewhere”. She didn’t feel like she had done anything wrong because that is the whole basis of her blog. She doesn’t write, she just looks around online for someone else’s work, cuts, pastes and posts next to her ads and waits for the money to roll in. I don’t call this blogging.
This type of intellectual property theft is rampant in the blogging world. How hard is it to drop a link to your source into a post? In my brief post on Wednesday about Kandi saying on Kandi Koated Nights that she was done blogging at Bravo because she feels censored in what she could say, I pointed out that one of my readers had heard the comment on KKN (identifying the source). I asked that reader to provide me with a link to the video, which she did via email. I then listened to the show and confirmed what was said, and told y’all where in the 90+ minutes of video you could here the information for yourself. Since that post two things have happened. Click through the jump to find out what happened.
The first thing that happened is that RHOAWetpaint “writer” Samantha Leffler ONCE AGAIN ran with the story without sourcing me. This is common behavior for HER; however, the other authors at that site are great people who not only source my work, but even email with questions before publishing their articles. This set off a chain of articles, first Sister to Sister Magazine on 01-19 13:31 by Sonya Eskridge, then Gather.com January 19, 2012 04:55 PM EST (who did attempt to credit but since WetPaint did not credit, she credits Wet Paint) next RealityTea Written By Maria 20 Jan 2012 runs the story.
The second thing that happened was that episode of KKN was set to private and pulled from the site she uses to host her video archives sometime today. I found that odd, and it made me feel a bit bad that I ever posted it to start with. At least for a while. I felt bad that she felt the need to take it down. Kandi obviously has a great time doing her online show, and to contribute to her feeling as though she needed to remove it entirely didn’t make me feel great. But as I thought about it, it is a show that she makes for the public. She promotes the show on twitter and encourages her fans to tune in. She knows what she says on there, and she actually talks about things from the show a lot. Also, we all know that Bravo blogs are edited both for clarity and grammar (Sheree) but for content (everyone). So it was no great shock that the blogs were edited. Nor was it a great shock that Kandi only went to Miami because no one else wanted to film with Nene. I’ve posted about that several times here and most of us didn’t need to hear it from her mouth to get that.
That said, for the past couple days, other sites are sensationalizing the video to be this big call out on Nene. Those of us who heard the video before it was taken down know it was not. Kandi just said what we all already knew that she and Nene are not BFFs and don’t speak outside of filming, so there is no breach of the friend code when she goes back to the other girls and makes fun of Nene’s comments about being rich. Hell, my soon to be (I’m getting there y’all) ex imaginary gay boyfriend, Andy Cohen makes fun of it every chance he gets.
So Kandi, if I caused you any problems, I’m sorry. I honestly didn’t think it was a big deal at all.