I do not know much about business. But I guess I have a lot to learn from the Gilfus Education Group:
The Gilfus Education Group offers independent consulting, technical implementation and industry research services to educational institutions, industry investors and the educational companies that serve them. We partner to help organizations become better positioned to achieve strategic goals, compete for scarce resources, and plan for the future.
What does buzzword mashup that really mean? I do not know, but would you trust research consultant that whole sale republishes content from educator’s blogs, does not provide attribution, and then slaps a copyright on the page?
I have a word for this- stealing like a sewer rat.
I got a pingback today on a blog post I wrote last summer, leading me here:
This is a total lifting of my original blog post, Courses as Commodities, published in its entirety.
The permalink on the gilfus site leads… to itself.
At the bottom, they even included my Creative Commons licesne, right above a place where they have a copyright:
Just in case they wake up, I have a PDF copy of their theft
Apparently I am not the only victim, Brian Lamb’s blog is ripped off in the very next post:
— Brian Lamb (@brlamb) September 5, 2012
It’s funny, I met “Mr. Gilfus” (you have to like the personal touch of a bio that lacks a first name) in the late 1990s when a young Blackboard.com team came to Maricopa to pitch an RFP. Dude, thanks a lot.
I am not all that bothered, but someone has to call companies on this shit. It’s not okay to lift content published elsewhere and to not give credit. It is not okay to posture as an educational consultant and engage in this behavior. I expect the stuff to be yanked and some web developer to be blamed.
The ironic thing is that the technology that does this is pretty much similar to what we use for the ds106 site, Feed WordPress, which syndicates and republishes other people’s content- except that we always link back to the original. And people elect to have their stuff syndicated.
Attention Gilfus and associates- I revoke any rights you have abused in republishing my content. I await contact from your lawyers about a reasonable settlement (a six pack of Flying Dog IPA is suitable).
Do better, will ya? You give the business a dirty appeal by this practive.
UPDATE Sept 6, 2012: Because I value the sage advice of Brian Lamb, I have changed the CC License on my blog to Attribution Share-ALike, modified to it is at the foot of all posts, and even wrote it a simple language that Gilfus should be able to understand in the footer:
This pile of blog poop is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and may be patrolled by a friendly small dog (with a wagging tail)This means you are free to use any original content published here (begs the question why) as long as you provide linktribution and you share in the same way. Some consultants apparently need schooling in what this means- you can use my stuff if you clearly cite cogdogblog.com as the source (bonus points for linking to the source). Ok?
The post "I Guess What [some] Consultants do is Steal" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2012/09/consultants-that-steal/) on September 5, 2012.