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    Question for you folks, what do you think?

    Hi Guys,

    A person on another watch community website is selling a pre-owned Ball watch and has linked his sale ad to my review.

    Should I ask him to remove the link? Should I simply e-mail him and tell him he should have asked permission first? Or should I just ignore it and be flattered he linked to my review?

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    Does he credit you with the review? He should have at the very least, asked before using your review.

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by mallen View Post
    Does he credit you with the review? He should have at the very least, asked before using your review.
    Nope just says "Read a comprehensive review of this stunning watch ant it's many features below:" and then puts my link in. You know, chances are that watch community will delete his post, as they frown on people linking to other sites.
    Last edited by Time2watch; September 24th, 2007 at 18:51. Reason: Spelling... again... I should invest in some English lessons...
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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    I would be flattered and say nothing. You get attribution the moment someone reads the review with your name on it. It's not like he's claiming your review as his own (for example, he didn't cut and paste your review into his ad, leaving out your name).

    Linking to other people's work is commonplace and generally acceptable, IMHO. Stealing another's work product, of course, is not acceptable; but, that doesn't seem to be going on here.

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    But what if it is linking to someone's work in order to make a sale?

    What if it was a retailer?
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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Time2watch View Post
    But what if it is linking to someone's work in order to make a sale?

    What if it was a retailer?
    Maybe I've just become so accustomed to seeing people link to reviews/articles in all kinds of sales ads.

    - Selling a Lexus ES330? Link to a Road & Track review.
    - Selling a "Bourne Identity" DVD? Link to Ebert & Roper's review.
    - Selling a Boston Accoustics stereo? Link to a CNET comparison review with Bose.
    - Selling a 1947 Gillette Aristocrat razor? Link to a wetshaving forum post on why the 1947 Gillette Aristrocrat is better than a 1965 Gillette Super Speed (or why a rusty machete is better than a 2007 Gillette Fusion).

    I understand that the review is your work product, just like anyone's review or article on any topic. As a matter of principle, should anyone be able to profit using your work product without paying you? Probably not. Certainly a retailer who regularly co-opts your work for profit should be confronted. I just don't know that clamping down on a de minimus intrusion from a hobbyist's ad is worthwhile in the free-wheeling internet universe, even if you morally are justified. For me, the critical issue would be attribution; otherwise, it's outright theft of another's ideas.

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    I agree with you, still... Yeah... I agree....
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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    'maybe' he had to be subtle and to go on typing atrributes as not to raise
    even more red flags. As you siad - they may edit or delete his post altogether
    just becuase of the reference he made anyway

    I'd let it go ...

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    Hi Marc
    I believe he should have asked for your permission. But as long as he's only using it for a reference to the one he's selling, I see no harm.

    Let it ride.

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    Re: Question for you folks, what do you think?

    While I think it would have been nice to give credit, I don't think he is doing anything wrong.

    The day you wrote the review and posted it on the world wide web, you made it public and available for anyone to read. You wrote the review to inform others of this particular watch's merits and he is just pointing that out. I see no harm in it.

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