The Herald's lawyer alleges that I am stealing Herald content. He also alleges that I derive income from ads on my blog and that using Herald content helps drive traffic to my blog.
A Random Pixels reader shot that argument down in short order:
The HERALD can't even earn money from their articles, what makes them think Random Pixels can?South Florida Lawyers - a widely read blog authored by a real lawyer - offers an attorney's perspective on all this:
Seriously, bill, that's what's behind all of this: the herald (misguidedly) thinks you are taking advertisers away from them. How many of your advertisers run ads on the Herald's site?
This is one of those examples where, as a lawyer, you have to talk to your client. Is it in your best interests to go after some local blogger for posting a picture? Is that really what you want your resources and attention focused on? Even if you had a colorable argument, is it a fight that is in your best interests to pursue?What really puzzles me is why the Herald, all of a sudden, decides that they want to stop me from posting a few pictures and old stories, when they've known about this practice for some time.
I never heard so much as a peep after posting this item almost a year ago.
Is there an underlying motive?
Are they trying to silence me?
I do know that what they have succeeded in doing is quadrupling my traffic. Thanks guys!
Finally, here are some helpful numbers and email addresses if you'd like to show your support for me and this blog.
If you feel the Herald is right, let them know that also.