Why People Hate Lawyers

For reasons like this:

It was brought to my attention that a website named Bloglines was reproducing the Trademark Blog, surrounding it with its own frame, stripping the page of my contact info. It identifies itself as a news aggregator. It is not authorized to reproduce my content nor to change the appearance of my pages, which it does. In response to my inquiry to Blogline’s CEO as to whether they sell advertising, he indicated that they ‘are not currently running advertising.’ Nevertheless, the Blogline’s home page currently is soliciting ‘targeted advertisements.’ I would also assume that Blogline is accumulating commercially-useful mailing lists (its privacy policy appears to allow it to sell information). The privacy policy also has a provision entitled ‘mergers and acquisitions’ clearly allowing it to sell its lists.

I use Bloglines and love the service. I have several computers at home and at work and a web-based rss aggregator such as Bloglines is the best way for me to find updated blogs and news websites. If this guy’s beef is that people are reading his page on Bloglines and not going to his site perhaps he should retool his rss feed not to provide full content thus having people click on a post they are interested in. No wonder why people hate lawyers.

4 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, I have to side with the “victim” in this case. The guy is spending time and resources to provide free content and the one small benefit he gets is a little advertising for his firm. I doubt he would even care if they had copied the material provided they leave his contact info intact, but they didn’t, removing the credit he deserves for his efforts.

  2. So, he’s pissed that people are using his RSS feed?

    Wow.

    I remember when people use to think that lawyers were smart. Maybe he tested out of the courses after watching “The Practice” or something. Lawyers do still have to pass the bar exam, right?

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