I had to laugh today. I saw that one of the Formula 1 websites is complaining that someone has made an unauthorised copy of the entire website, using what was described as “grabbing” technology, and is stealing all of its precious information.
“Needless to say, the hard work of those who contribute is being utilised to fuel someone else’s efforts,” they complained.
The website in question is one of customers of a much-detested F1 “news syndication agency” which pumps out endless F1 news, all of which is “acquired” from original sources. I did some research the other day into this organisation and discovered that its only apparent link to F1 is that it is located 25 miles from a city where there used to be a Grand Prix 15 years ago. It is headquartered in a three-bedroom bungalow on a leafy street near the town centre, but nonetheless offers “between 10 and 20 original, highly researched and professionally compiled Formula 1 news articles for publication every day”.
Copyright laws being as they are one can do nothing, except explain to the world that these people do not know what they are talking about. The news is collected from websites that are supplied by the hard working people who actually go to the races and source the information and is simply repackaged as “original”?
Note to self: Look into Australian laws regarding false advertising.
PS: Since I wrote this article I have been sent a Twitter feed which is alleged to come from the people in question. I don’t think it does, but it is rather funny. Have a look here.