March 27, 2007

Babies and blogs

Babies and blogs have never meshed in my mind. If I ever do have children, I think the blogging would stop then. I would send photos and commentary through e-mail to family--not on a blog. I made up my mind about this a while back--you know, taking in the grand scheme of life and blogs, but I am definitely sticking to that decision after reading this horrible story of a mother's blog being ransacked by an angsty teenager.

Though I would not blog about my children if I have any, I can see how blogging was a fun and seemingly harmless activity for this mother. And while she was perhaps naive, this situation was entirely uncalled for. I am happy to hear she fought back and was aided by other bloggers/friends/readers.

Some of the responses in the Gothamist comment section were chilling, however. One comment even said:

"Hey Margaret -

You chose to put your personal life on the web. And then you chose to put pictures of your child on the web. Copyright your photos or deal with it. The scenario you've described is harmless - and quite honestly - funny. Have a laugh."

Have a laugh? I suppose it could be funny for someone who doesn't have children, but I'm not one of them. I wouldn't want someone going through my scrapbooks for the fun of it, and then pasting them into another and then showing it their friends and calling that life their own. Sickening.

Thankfully Xanga has taken down the teen's blog for "violation of Xanga's terms of use."

The teen's blog was a creative remix of online content, I'll give it that. Could this be construed as fan fiction? I don't think so. The entire situation is reaffirming what we already don't know about blogs, copyrights and online property. I can't wait to see where this goes in the next few years. I can't wait to see if Xanga reposts the blog...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 27, 2007 6:06 PM | TrackBack

Of course, her photos are already automatically copyrighted -- that's the law. Just because she posts the photos doesn't mean she loses the copyright.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 27, 2007 7:28 PM

Wow, you're dragging all this conference stuff with you, huh? Can't say I've had time to think much about it all with all my work to catch up on, but this is strange/intriguing.

Posted by: Karissa at March 27, 2007 10:09 PM

I don't consider it dragging. I thought the conference was fascinating. My thoughts are provoked by what everyone was talking about.

No one really had any answers and the questions are piling up on each other, aided by situations like this one. It seems there is no constant in legislation because everything is so new.

The cutting edge is sharp and no one wants to fall off of it by making standards and rules that immediately become null with the next thing that comes down the pike.


Posted by: Amanda at March 27, 2007 11:38 PM

LOL, I just checked back to see if there were responses to my earlier comment...

I didn't mean it to sound like it was a bad thing that you were talking about the conference :) I think it's cool. Perhaps "dragging" wasn't the word I wanted. And agreed on the fact that there really aren't many answers out there--just suggestions and stabs in the dark.

Your third little paragraph up there? Thank you, Ms. Mixed Metaphor ;) Haha, I liked it, but it sure was funny! You never cease to amaze me and crack me up.

Posted by: Karissa at April 4, 2007 11:51 PM
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