The internet is a valuable and useful tool that provides tens of millions of people access to information they might otherwise never have access to. We are happy to be a part of the media and information that internet users depend on regularly.
At the same time, we are a business. VASS – political commentary and Black Entertainment USA, as well as several other internet properties are owned by M V Consulting, Inc. and are copyrighted. Content on these blogs are owned by us, unless otherwise noted or credited.
We enjoy and encourage linking to our information and topics, quoting our material, and otherwise using minor portions of our material to further discussion, provide facts and knowledge, or otherwise enhance an internet viewers experience. Under such circumstances, we request that individuals provide credit and links back to our full content. This is a common courtesy across the internet and media.
But what we dislike, and are willing to legally prosecute, are outright acts of stealing our content. Worse is when our content is plagiarized as the work of another organization, or used to create profit for another group. In the past we have quietly notified those companies of the offense and offered the choice of either paying us for the use of our intellectual property or removal of the content. As one might expect, the response is normally removal of the content with such organizations moving onto another source where they might steal without being detected.
Upon consideration of that last part, that these groups troll the internet seeking to prey on those that are either unaware or incapable of response, we have decided to provide the names and sites that have committed this act of stealing. Both to publicly embarrass the organization committing the crime, and to provide other media and legitimate content providers a heads up on who to look out for.
The first company we will identify, though we would like to say the last but that is not realistic, is:
AllAfrica.com – they state they are a distributor of content but apparently they disregard copyright statements, or the need to ask for permission before the verbatim stealing of content as their own or that which they have legal permission to distribute. We believe they receive payment for the information they distribute without permission in our case.
What they took: At what point did Blacks lose choice in voting?
Unicom Group Seattle apparently hired AllAfrica.com, either with or without knowledge of their actions, without apparent safeguards against content appearing on their sites without credit.
We will be happy to update this if we receive payment and a request to use our content. We have already sent AllAfrica.com notice of their actions, Unicom Group Seattle does not have email listed and will be reached by other means shortly.
So, for webmasters out there, here is an organization to be on the watch for and to blacklist in our opinion. To internet viewers, we would suggest avoiding these sites and boycott the distribution provided by All Africa.com at this time.
Thank you for your attention and viewership.