Some time ago, I created a web page with the intention of helping out people.
You’ll find it here. It’s a guide on fixing a common problem on the 8L Audi A3, which I originally based on this post on audi-sport.net, re-using some of the photos (with the copyright holder’s permission) and expannding on it based on my own experience. Once in a while, I get a thank-you email from someone, which is nice.
You’ll notice that I released the info under a Creative Commons Licence, meaning, basically, that anyone is allowed to use the original work for any purpose, but they should credit me, and the derivative work should also be released under the the same licence.
Which meant I was a bit miffed to find this site re-using my work, uncredited. The photos are HTC’s from audi-sport.net, creditied in my original article, and mine (of my car and my lawn!), and the words are mostly mine, for the A3 part of the document (check the PDFs).
I sent the site contact an email:
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:34:30 +0100
From: Chris Bartram
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:13.0) Gecko/20120615 Thunderbird/13.0.1
Subject: A3 window Fix
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You seem to have a derivative work some of my web content on your site
That's OK, the document is for anyone to use, and you have modified it,
but is is licenced under this licence:
which means that you should credit me for my original work, and also
licence your work derived from it under that licence. Could you please
add a credit?
So far, no response.
So, question for the panel: what next? I originally created the document just to help people. I’m not interested in financial gain, but it annoys me that someone is re-using my work without a credit.