Attribution in Blogging
We at the BLAWg IN Bloom have often cited the excellent work of Marcia Oddi over at the Indiana Law Blog. It turns out that we are not alone, but that not everyone is giving credit where it is due. The law firm of Ferguson & Ferguson has apparently been running the ILB on its website for sometime—it looks like they simply harvest it automatically and repost it, with no attribution. If you click on the link to one of the entries it does take you to the ILB website, but there is nothing on the firm website to let the reader know it is not a product of the firm. The ILB recently ran a post complaining about this, and sure enough, that post shows up on the Ferguson website. The same post also asks for suggestions. What should she do? The ILB is meant for the use of the Indiana legal community, this is true, but it also has supporters from law firms. What sort of intellectual property rights apply to blogs? The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Bloggers’ Legal Guide does have some tips. Does Marcia Oddi have any legal recourse? Should Ferguson be required to support the blog? Would appropriate attribution be sufficient? What do you think?