My apologies if the blog begins to look a bit self-absorbed soon, but earlier this week there were a couple of instances where large chunks of my blog were downloaded by parties unknown. Since I blog about my personal gardening experiences, and try to provide information that I did not find on the Web before I started blogging, I am super-protective of the contents on The Curious Gardener – it’s my baby.
So, knowing that some person or persons are copying my content outrages me a lot. They may be keeping it because they intend to use it for their own purposes, or they may have innocent reasons – I don’t know. I am just asserting my ownership of my intellectual property on this site so that people understand that I expect them to respect my little piece of the Web.
Because of this, you’re going to see copyright notices accompanying each post. It’s my claim to my ownership of my photos and my thoughts and writing on this site. It’s not foolproof, but if a person is honourable, they will not steal.
It’s either I stake my claim or stop providing info that could be ripped off. I’d like to try the former before I decide to close up this blog, because I really do enjoy sharing my gardening experiences, and I’d like to believe that people won’t take advantage of that. There’s a quote that says, “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” I choose to avoid torment, and I hope my trust is not misplaced.