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:: Sunday, April 29th, 2007 @ 2:24:16 pm

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When I posted details on how to put a striped RAID array in your MacBook, I was pretty sure it was going to get picked up by Digg. Victor submitted the original article, but it was a Macenstein blog article that ended up being in a Digg story that became “popular”. Not long ago, it was picked up by Engadget, although they credited Macenstein for the information instead of my site.


digg story as of april 29, 2007 (on digg.com’s homepage)

Since then, a bunch of tech blogs have picked up the story, yanking the image I posted to use as their own. Luckily, I watermarked the image with my name and URL, so at least my credit is carried along with all of those unauthorized uses.

My default watermark usually lives in the lower right-hand corner of an image, but I’ve had people crop out the watermark when using the image in their websites. This time, I wasn’t going to risk putting the watermark anywhere but in the very center.


do you like my new watermark?

In general, I don’t care if people use my images on their non-commercial websites, as long as they credit me and link to me. Links are important for high search engine rankings, and I’m happy to trade the use of an image for a hard link.

About 10 tech blogs have linked to me with this exact text. When more than one site posts the exact same entry (with trackbacks/pings), I consider it to be spam. Engadget used the same wording for their post, but I doubt that they’re in the same blog network as are the other ones, which seem to be small-time tech blogs. Maybe they did the ol’ cut ‘n paste plagiarization so common on the web.

It’s been fun to see how the news spreads, even at the small scale of the Apple Fanboy world.

| San Jose, Costa Rica | link | trackback | Apr 29, 2007 14:24:16
  • http://macenstein.com The Doc

    Hi,

    Just making sure you don’t mind our linking to your site. We made every attempt to give you credit for your story, and included 2 links back to your page.

    thanks!

    -The Doc

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Hey, Doc! It’s totally no problem, and I’m glad you linked here. Thanks for the credit.

    The image getting on so many pages in such a short amount of time made me think of the watermarking decision I made, which in turn, led to me writing this post. It wasn’t your page that I had an issue with. :)

    I’ve actually had people pull images, remove the watermark, and post them as their own. It’s those that I’m not so happy about.

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