February 22, 2005

SnowBlogs

We're syndicated on SnowBlogs, a ski and snowboard blog portal...

Would have been nice if they had asked first, or told us that they were doing it, but I guess it doesn't matter really :)


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Posted by Len at February 22, 2005 11:38 PM | Categories: General
Comments

Ahh,

You bring up the whole problem of copyrights and RSS syndication. There is a whole, I'd say radical, side that believes that once you distribute something in RSS, you've lost all control. I obviously don't believe that. Have you provided an explicit license for your content?

Posted by: Christopher Baus at February 24, 2005 12:31 AM

Len, I have just put together the snowblogs site in the last few weeks and have not explicitly told anyone about it yet!

My intention is to syndicate a bunch of related blogs to try and give greater visibility to them all - the whole being potentially greater than the sum of its parts.

The site is still in development and I was aiming for a soft launch in the next week or two with an announcement to the featured bloggers. I had also intended to ask everyone concerned for permission to use their syndicated content prior to publicising the site further.

I am no lawyer but, like the previous commenter, I suspect that the issue of copyright and reuse of syndicated content could be a bit of a minefield. I would therefore propose to only syndicate blogs whose owners have given their agreement. Additionally, where the feeds are not already truncated I have cut them of at a few sentences.

Obviously I underestimated the speed of Google, Technorati et al in indexing the site and I am sorry that you found your content reused in this way without my asking. I guess I better speed up the launch plan and make contact with the other blogs I have experimentally syndicated!

Posted by: Luke at February 24, 2005 01:43 PM

Luke,

I've no problem with you using our content.

Len

Posted by: Len at February 27, 2005 10:51 AM

I just found myself on SnowBlogs and from there to here :-)

I'm trying to add this as an RSS feed to http://www.snowSlider.net but CPGNuke chokes on the feed.. weird....

Posted by: Ian Spare at February 28, 2005 11:14 AM

Ian

http://feedvalidator.org says that the feed is valid but the server is sending it as the wrong mime type, I'll see if I can fix it.

Posted by: Len at March 1, 2005 05:17 PM

That's my take as well, mime-type or content-encoding seems to be the issue. However, CPGnuke could be way more robust in the RSS code.

Posted by: Ian Spare at March 1, 2005 08:06 PM
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