Aggregation Without Attribution

Hack Education, Audrey Watters, Sept 06, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Huzzah!" wrote Brian Lamb, "My anti-corporate ravings re-published without attribution bit.ly/R8FECf by the 'founder of Blackboard' bit.ly/R8FYAR" - the 'founder' in question is Stephen Gilfus, who has launched Gilfus Education group, "the world's leading independent strategy, research, and advisory firm for education and training organizations (Higher Ed, K12, Corporate), education and training businesses, and industry investors). What happened was the site set up an aggregator that harvested RSS feeds, including mine, retrieved the articles, and posted them without attribution on the site. Audrey Watters has a nice use of Storify on her site documenting the outrage that followed. The Gilfus service has since been shut down.

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