I wrote a blog post on Genea-Musings
today titled "Book Review: Crash Course in Family History by Paul Larsen"
- click on the title to read it. My blog carries a copyright notice, and this was my original work.
When I checked in on Genealogy Wise tonight, I saw that John Rampton had copied about 80% of it, sans my introduction and the images, on his blog - at http://www.genealogywise.com/profiles/blogs/paul-larsen-recently-pu...
Copying 12 paragraphs from my blog post to his own blog is much more than fair use...it is copyright infringement IMHO (but I'm not pretending to be an attorney).
John didn't even attribute the 12 paragraphs to me - he passed it off as his own work. It wasn't.
Blogging etiquette includes attributing work to its creator, copying two paragraphs or less, and referring the reader to the original work. The blogger can make his/her own comments about the original work - praise, criticism, sarcasm, etc., as his/her own contribution to the geneablogosphere.
I commented on John's post that my wish is that he either remove the post completely or adhere to fair use guidelines.