A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators By David Carr (March 11, 2011),
So where is the line between promoting the good work of others and simply lifting it? Naughty aggregation is analogous to pornography: You know it when you see it.Readers of Advertising for Success blog know that I had a problem with another of my blogs being scraped (both posts and photographs). Through following steps, I was able to have the other site taken down. After that incident, I added a copyright page to my blog.
The article referenced above talked about content aggregation and the problem of which story came first. We all know big name blogs that rush to post a story as soon as it breaks. Their source is seldom referenced.
The author suggests two symbols be used to let the search engines and the public know if the content is original, borrowed from another source or inspired by another source.
I think this is a great idea. I have a little hat tip smiley or I use via and sources to cite references. What do you?