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Migraines, Blogs, Blogspoot, and Google!

People who blog about Migraine disease and headaches are some of my favorite people. There are some superlative blogs out there that offer readers information, support, and hope.

Sadly, there are also others out there that irritate the daylights out of me. Why? Because they're put up by (I can't and won't say "written by.") people who can't be bothered to write their own content. Instead, they steal content from other blogs or Web sites. I've come across yet another of those who's owner is ripping off articles Nancy and I have written on MyMigraineConnection. Mind you, these articles all have copyright notices on them. This person just seems not to care. This blog is called "Migraine Mastery." It's published on Blogspot, which is owned by Google.

I'd love to give this person the benefit of the doubt and email them about this issue, but I can't. Nobody can email them because they've not put a profile on their blog, or an email address, or even their name. They also don't allow comments to their entries. So, there's just now way to contact them.

Google owns Blogspot, and I could contact them. I could fill out all their forms and snail mail or fax them, but their copyright infringement complaint system is complicated and time-consuming. I suspect they do that deliberately to discourage people from filing reports.

What I'm going to do about this is something I haven't yet decided. For now, I'm sad. Sad, frustrated, and yes, ticked off. Here are the URLs for the articles Nancy and I wrote and they ripped off:

Some of these articles have been republished on "Migraine Mastery," without permission, in their entirety. Others have been excerpted. They do say "For more information visit healthcentral.com, but that doesn't excuse using the content without permission. If a blogger likes an article they read elsewhere, there is a legal and respectful way to share it with their readers. They can excerpt a paragraph or two of the article and provide a link to the full article for people who want to read the rest.

You know, in one way, maybe I shouldn't be bothered by this. After all, it may be getting information to more people. Still, Nancy and I spend a great deal of time researching and writing our articles. The HealthCentral Network helps many people, but they have a business to run. When people republish our articles elsewhere, it may be taking traffic away from the THCN, and we must have traffic there to stay in business.

The bottom line is that his is wrong and disrespectful. It's stealing our work. I wonder how bloggers who do this would feel if someone were using their work this way.


HELP! Email Your Senator TODAY About Migraine and Headache Research!

Please, please, please... Read the letter below, then click the link in it and email your Senators TODAY!
Thank you!

TAKE ACTION!
Please Email Your Senator Today!

Dear Dr. Robert: 

Our efforts last month to urge members of the US House of Representatives to support increases in NIH funding for research on headache disorders were highly successful. Twelve Representatives signed the Obey/Walsh letter. This is an outstanding result for the first mobilization of our numbers, and we are optimistic that it will be enough to have our message appended to the House appropriations bill.

It is now time to contact your US Senators for the same purpose. Unfortunately our window of opportunity is only narrowly open. The letter with Senators' signatures must be submitted by today, April 4th.

  1. Please take just 5 minutes RIGHT NOW to go directly to http://capwiz.com/headacheadvocacy/issues/alert/?alertid=11231066&PROCESS=Take+Action  and send your message to your two US Senators
  2. Please forward this email right away to anyone else concerned about the inadequate state of care for patients with headache disorders.

Only with increased research will new effective treatments for headache disorders become available. And only with your help will such research activities increase to levels appropriate to the huge scale of this problem. The larger our voice, the greater will be our impact.

Thanks again for your efforts.

Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD
William Young, MD,
Teri Robert, PhD
Brad Klein, MD, MBA

 

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