You may not duplicate nor profit from…

I’m following the debate on Shyftr taking the RSS feeds of others, summarized nicely in this post by Robert Scoble.

Here’s a company that is building a business around taking entire RSS feeds without any kind of consent (yes, you might call that stealing) and republishing them, building a business around them and potentially profiting from them, and they have this paragraph in their terms of use:

You may not duplicate nor profit from any part or portion of the web site, which includes: content from any feeds, the logo or likeness, or any additional content appearing on the web site. You may use the buttons that are provided as links back to the web site, but they may not be modified in any way.

I wonder just how many bloggers would choose to offer up their feed if asked?


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