Naming & Shaming
Deputy Editor Graham Goodwin spent part of his busy November 2 chasing
up the news of the Project-X MG SV, for the 2005 British GT Championship.
He spoke to Team Principal Paul Kneeshaw, and we posted the story
on dailysportscar here.
It was therefore
with more than a raised eyebrow that we discovered the identical
text posted at www.mg-rover.org
an unofficial MG Rover website, one that peculiarly has a very similar
URL to the official mg-rover.com.
Not only had the unofficial
site 'lifted' (stolen) the whole, copyrighted, material, they'd
even posted it on their front page - AND that page had their own
© symbol at the foot of it. AND that site has no 'contact us'
page, so we have no idea who operates it.
There is always a degree
of duplication in journalism - other media outlets draw leads from
dsc stories and we from time to time do so in return. This instance
however was particularly blunt, not only distributing the story
in full without attribution but even, we believe, sending it out
as a press release!
We take a pride
in our professional ethics - always attributing sources where appropriate
- but as with any other business, we guard our copyrighted material
very closely. It enables us to maintain the depth and quality of
the material here and that is very firmly in the interests of you,
This leaves us with the
question as to which dsc reader it was who has abused (stolen even)
our copyrighted material?
Whoever it is should
contact us immediately, before we take the next of several increasingly
serious steps available to us.