Many thanks to Anonymous for the tip 🙂 Lakbima printed my long post about getting a passport without bothering to contact me, without printing the URL or even a link back on their online version of the article.
At least they attributed the article to “cerno” whatever that means. Their subtitle “IT TAKES A WHOLE DAY TO GET IT DONE” makes the “article” sound like I’m complaining about the passport office. Which its not. The online article has chunks of the middle and the last paragraph amputated (without anaesthetics I bet). Good thing I don’t use my real name or there goes my hopes of getting another passport 😉
The web version looks like a rushed copy paste job. I’m betting that it was either grabbed off a feed or a browser window without bothering about the HTML structure. I’ve head of “big media” looting blog content but never thought it’ll happen to me (typical reaction no?)
Perhaps the paper think I ought to be flattered. For their information (FTI), I’m not. Yet oddly, I’m not angry about this (its really not worth the time and effort). It just doesn’t feel “right”. Has the bad smell of something unethical.
Perhaps this is someone’s idea of “free press” 😉 If they had printed the URL and put a link back – which is a full attribution (and a nice upward climb of that stat graph :D) – I’d agree about the free press thing.
Perhaps I ought to put a copyright notice of some sort of legalise at the bottom of the main page like Voice in Colombo. If I’m going bother dealing with this I’ll have to waste time with an email to the editor. Could be worse. Could be worse.
Since this post is syndicated on Kottu I’d like to ask what the rest of the blogosphere thinks. Has something like this happened before? or is it new? Is the bloggosphere being looted for free/cheap content?
With a tsumani of wedding nuttiness coming my way this is one of the many things I’d rather not have to deal with. But such is life. No no? Yes no?
Now its time to hit the publish button and get to work.