Seriously, what is up? Will people never learn?
Back in January 2009 and November 2009, InterstateQ.com unveiled massive copyright infringement and intellectual property theft by the now-defunct (see update at bottom) OutGayLife network owned by Eric Wood. In that case, Wood had stolen dozens upon dozens of other news organizations’ and bloggers’ content, including from mainstream publications and The Associated Press.
See, we weren’t talking about simple quoting of a bit of an article here or another bit of an article there. No, Wood’s copying and pasting went well beyond the normal “blockquoting” you’ll see credible bloggers do on their sites. Wood was copying articles wholesale from dozens (maybe hundreds?) of websites and news organizations, often without even the tiniest bit or shred of credit (and, hey, forget about a link back to the original story).
Now, it seems Wood’s mistakes are being repeated by yet another gay website operator. Continue reading this post…
Last updated: 01/06/2009 10:48 a.m. EST
Updates: OutGayLife.com has removed some copyrighted material. Other material, including newly found, copyrighted material, remains live on the website network. Updates are found at the end of the article.
An LGBT website network operating under the banner of OutGayLife.com is possibly guilty of violating copyright and intellectual property laws for its reposting and republishing of news stories, features, blog posts and articles from LGBT publications, blogs and mainstream press and news organizations.
Based in Edina and Bloomington, Minn., design and SEO company Moonviper.com operates the network which owns at least 21 other domains. Each of the almost two dozen other domains point to the same or similar content. Other websites in the network include MyGayRights.com, MyGayPride.com, BigGayTrip.com and several localized domain names such as DCGayBars.com, GayPalmBeachOnline.com, MyGayPheonix.com and SFGayLife.com. WHOIS information on the domains revealed Eric Wood was the registrant. Contacted by InterstateQ.com via phone on the morning of Monday, Jan. 5, Wood identified himself as the owner of Moonviper.
Browsing the network’s webpages, InterstateQ.com found at least 17 separate cases of possible infringement on the copyrights of LGBT publications, blogs and mainstream publications. The possibly illegally posted material included at least seven articles from the Asheville, N.C.-based gay newspaper Stereotypd (formerly, Out in Asheville) and its gay news blog.
Other instances of possible copyright infringement included republished content from The Advocate, the nation’s premier LGBT news-magazine; an op-ed from the blog of former Washington Blade editor Chris Crain; a blog post by The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan; a blog post from New America Media, a coalition of over 2,000 ethnic news organizations; and several blog posts from BoxTurtleBulletin.com, a premier LGBT blog researching the anti-gay and ex-gay right.