Before reading this week’s articles about weblog ethics, I have never thought about this problem. But it does make sense after I read them. Every school, company or profession has its own code of conduct, why not weblog? Based on what Rebecca said, I have to admit that I didn’t exactly follow the rule. For instance, sometimes, I went back to edit my posted articles and did not publicly disclose my previous mistake.
Apparently, most bloggers do not treat weblog very seriously, and think it’s a personal space so they could be loose on citation and reference. If you are an individual, maybe nobody will be hard on you. But if we take this situation one step further, more and more blogs appear at companies and libraries. These blogs could be viewed as one official publication, just like newsletter or gazette. As a result, we have to consider the problem of copyright. Everyone knows it is not ethical if you infringe copyright, but nobody really takes blog into consideration. There are more and more discussions about blogs and copyright. I have to say that copyright will play a very important part in blogger’s code of ethics.
Here is a link about what do you do when someone steals your content.