For more information, read Engadget: Busted for Unethical Blogging at DAPreview.net.
The resume of the whole confusion:
- DaPreview.net writes an original article, with an original photo shot by them at CeBIT. The post was about a Nainworks product at CeBIT, and the photo was watermarked with “dapreview.net”
- A post at Engadget pops up, talking about the same product and has the image and link to dapreview.net- everything is OK. (see original)
- A revised articled pops up a few moments later, but this time it has no link to dapreview (linking to mobilemag.com instead) and the watermark of the image is chopped out. (see revised)
- DaPreview staff gets mad and makes a post about it. Read it here
- Engadget staff replies, says it was a mistake (
chopping a watermark with a website address happens by accident, of course), and also says sorry. The posted is edited again and right now, the image with the watermark is there, and so is the link to dapreview – see the post now
- The post in DaPreview about Engadget has more stories about similar actions like this happening before.
In the meanwhile, revolution begins.
- This story about Engadget: Busted for Unethical Blogging pops up at digg.com – It’s probably on the front page by now
- A Wikipedia user adds “Plagiarism” section in the Engadget wiki
- ProBlogger heard about the news at digg.com
- TechnoSailor also comments this issue
- OhGizmo has a long post it and other related issues
Unrelated: Some weeks before this cruel event, Applexnet.com published an article – Engadget, and TUAW The Biggest Apple Rumor Websites? – nice reading.
That’s all for now.
A similar thing happened to me some time ago, on my other blog – The Gadgets Weblog.
In December 2005, I recorded some videos with the N90 (the cellphone was “hot” at the moment), made the post about it, and submitted tips to gizmodo, engadget, i4u and others. All ignored except i4u, who published the article – here.
To my surprise, I see that my story about the videos of the N90 pops up at Gizmodo too, but it has no link to the original source (me), only to i4u. Almost all the other blogs that follow Gizmodo linked to i4u or Gizmodo itself, and not for me…
And to think that I sent a tip to Gizmodo about the videos one day before i4u publishing the article, and they ignored it (or had so many tips that didn’t read it) and picked another site to refer to.
I didn’t care much because the visitors had to come for my blog to watch the videos, so I did get the deserved traffic. Just goes to show why mentioning the source is important.
[tags]engadget, blogging, ethics[/tags]