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Intellectual Property Theft? You Decide!


There is a website that has lately taken a liking to my travel-related posts.  So much so that they’ve been using an automated skimmer and reposting them, taking credit for the post, and not linking back to my blog.  If not for the copyright notice on my photos you would think I was working for these people under the name “RDoug” — no last name given, no website indicated, no working link back to my website.  Nothing.   What you do see, as an example from their reposting of my Waimea Canyon blog, is this:

Posted on 2015/02/11 | By destinary | Leave a response

Kind of implies that they authored the post, doesn’t it?  Certainly doesn’t say anything about R. Doug Wicker or RDougWicker.com.  Go to the actual repost and that attributes the material thusly, “By RDoug,” in which the highlighted “RDoug” appears to be a link but in fact takes you to a blank screen.  And, again, you’ll notice that my last name was omitted.

Then you go to their “Copyrights” page and you’ll see this bit of convoluted absurdity:

Inevitably there are those who are concerned with copyright issues. The Destinary simply promotes what the blogger reports to WordPress as being “Publicly Available ” content. When a blogger is concerned with copyright issues, it is NOT this auto-blog’s responsibility to protect a blogger’s content from public exposure. it is the blogger’s responsibility to ensure that the blogger does not expose the blogger’s own content to the public domain where it can be “picked-up” by search engines, and aggregation, curation and other services, such as – the Destinary.

Things bloggers can do to prevent having their posts promoted by WordPress:

  1. Do not use the tags tracked by this service to specifically avoid having the posts promoted at this and similar sites.
  2. When writing the post, mark the post as “password protected” or “private” in the right sidebar if a blogger does not want a specific post promoted. A blogger can display a copy of the password on the blogger’s site for password protected posts; and, the blogger can personally distribute links of private posts to the blog’s subscribers.
  3. Click the Writing subtab of the Settings tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and remove the auto-promotion services that are listed under the Update Services section if the blogger does not want WordPress to distribute the blogger’s content.
  4. Click the Reading subtab of the Settings tab, change the blog’s syndication feed to Zero (0) if the blogger does not want any post promoted by WordPress.
  5. Click the Reading subtab of the Settings tab, change the blog’s syndication feed to show a Summary instead of the Full Text, if the blogger does want the blog promoted but does not want the full text publicized.
  6. Create a “subscription-only pay wall ” around the content. There is a financial reason WordPress.com provides a “free” blogging option; WordPress.com must be making money from the blogger’s content somehow in order to maintain the service. If a blogger wants more personal control over the blog’s content, the blogger can buy a premium plan from WordPress, then wrap the blog within a subscription pay-wall.

Please Note:

  • As long as the blogger maintains the symbiotic connection between the Destinary and blogger’s post, this site will ping the blogger’s site to record a “Read ” for the post whenever someone clicks on the article at the Destinary.

  • The Destinary does not retain published content. All posts are unpublished after seven (7) days and purged (deleted) from our system within one (1) week of being unpublished. Beyond the initial boost that the Destinary may give the blogger’s post with the search engines, any long-term interest in the blogger’s content will be directed to the blogger’s site by search engines.

  • Keep things in perspective: The fully automated Destinary does not know who you are (nor does it care). The fully automated Destinary does not know the name of your Blog (nor does it care). It is the blogger’s personal responsibility to maintain the blogger’s content in a manner suitable to the blogger. But, after the blogger relinquishes that control of the content to the public domain, the blogger cannot be dismayed when the content appears in unexpected places.

So, now it’s my fault that I make it easy to reuse my material by making it readily available to my viewers for their convenience, and because I tag my posts appropriately to assist people in finding them.  Okay.  I can play that game.  First of all, I’ve added the tags “travel, photography, travel photography,  and Waimea Canyon” to this post to see if I can trigger a Destinary reposting of this.  Wouldn’t that be delicious?

Secondly, you’ll now see the following appended to all future travel-related posts here:

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you Destinary

Final note:  Considering this is a site run by a travel agency, you may want to rethink doing business with them.

And finally, let’s make these people really famous.  The Destinary website is registered to:

Domain Name: DESTINARY.COM
Registrant Name: Sonia Platt
Registrant Organization: Indianapolis Tour & Travel

So, is this theft of intellectual property?  I’ll let you decide.  If you believe it isn’t, then by all means continue doing business with them.  But if you believe it is . . . .

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you Destinary

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A Reminder of the Significance of Today’s Date


The Hawaiian Islands Campaign — December 7, 1941

Seventy-three years ago today the Greatest Generation confronted their own version of 9/11.  That was the day the Japanese attacked in two waves Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, Ford Naval Air Station, Bellows Field, and Wheeler Field.  Alas that generation rose to the occasion far better than did we.  While there were missteps along the way during the aftermath of that attack — such as the abhorrent treatment of Americans of Japanese descent — almost the entire populace contributed to the war effort with honor and sacrifice, and 10 million men between the ages of 18 and 45 were conscripted into military service.  Today we ask far too much from far too few, and then renege on what little promises we do make to them when the battles end and the wars wind down.  But that’s a topic for another blog.

Today is for the remembrance of those who lost their lives December 7, 1941, and those who would lose their lives in the wake of that attack.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

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ATC Zero — The Nightmare at Chicago En Route Center


Standard FAA Facility Warning SIgn

Standard FAA Facility Warning SIgn

This week we got yet another lesson on the dangers of consolidating air traffic control facilities in the name of “saving money.” We also got a lesson on the abject failure of privatization, the “think tanks” that push privatization, contracting out maintenance of vital infrastructure, corporate greed, and the Washington corruption that breeds this sort of thing.

Harris Corporation employee Brian Howard allegedly cut radar and communications cables, set fire to vital equipment, and then attempted to go all Norman Bates on himself this past week.

Future Harris Corp. employee Norman Bates

The result is millions of dollars in damages and probably hundreds of millions in lost revenue to the airlines. That Harris contract, by the way, is worth some $331 million. Considering the impact to people, business, and national security, was it worth it? Ask your congressman and senators.  And ask if Harris Corp. is going to foot the bill, although we already know the answer to that one.

While you’re at it, ask where your congressman and senators stand on the consolidation agenda of Congressman John Mica of Florida’s 7th Congressional District, or the privatization of vital national defense infrastructure also pushed by him as well as the completely discredited Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation. For if both these men had their way it is very likely Indianapolis Center, Minneapolis Center, Cleveland Center, and Kansas City Center would not have been around to pick up at least some of Chicago Center’s traffic. Instead, if these two had their way, all those centers would have been in just one facility, and that facility would be the one down.

What would have been the impact of that? See for yourself:

FAA Area Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Boundaries, a.k.a., “En Route Centers

We get this lesson on a fairly consistent basis. There was the 2003 evacuation of Southern California TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control), which handles approach services to every major airport in Southern California. That disruption resulted from a brush fire and effectively shut down to IFR aircraft nearly every airport in half the state. In the past three years alone we witnessed no less than three evacuations of the Chicago TRACON, which serves O’Hare, Midway, and other Chicago area airports. And in 2007 Memphis Center went ATC Zero because a single critical phone line bundle was cut. That disruption closed off 100,000 square miles of airspace for around three hours.

But that’s all peanuts compared to this latest failure. It will be weeks, possibly even a month, before Chicago Center is up and operational once again.  Meanwhile, adjacent centers are trying to pick up the slack and Chicago Center controllers are being assigned to various TRACONs to handle what part of the load they can.

By the way, we’ve already tasted the devastating failures of at least one of Robert Poole’s ideas — the destruction of this nation’s Flight Service Stations and the services they once provided to general aviation pilots. Read:

During the Cold War no one would have stood for consolidation and privatization of such vital national defense infrastructure, yet we have bought-and-paid-for politicians, “think” tank “experts,” and corporations pushing this agenda every day. Why? Because there’s a lot of money to be had, that’s why.  Government money.  Tons of it. And these people don’t care about national defense, so this latest lesson will be conveniently swept under the door mat once public memory has faded.

But rest assured that this lesson has not been lost on those who would do us harm. They now know our vulnerabilities. They’re probably counting on those vulnerabilities to exploit them in the future. And I’m sure those same people are sitting back, planning and plotting, and all the while cheering on the likes of Robert Poole, the Reason Foundation, and Congressman John Mica, and wishing them all the best of success in their endeavors. Because, as we all know, greed is good . . . if you’re looking to exploit an enemy. That’s why the standard FAA ATC sign you saw above — the one so prominently displayed outside every FAA ATC facility in the nation — should read:

How FAA Warning Signs SHOULD Read

How FAA Warning Signs SHOULD Read

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