it seems that plagiarism is so common these days that people think it is OK
Sounds like he needs to set-up a consultancy (and defend his IP via legal channels).
I have sent David an email, saying that as an unpaid cycling advocate I will miss his excellent cycling blog. That there is a method to block web photos from being copied (I do not know how), and that some people make money from their blogs (again I do not know how).
I have already received a nice response from David. He explained that profitable blogs include 3 things he does not like, including advertorials and paid for recommendations of products. He must be true to himself. Now if an AC member could recommend some nice cycling blogs that might fit with David's ethics . . .
As someone that's quite good with computers I can tell you that if you can see it in your browser then it can be copied.
You can make it harder, but not prevent it.
After reading the reasons for his decision, I have to say it's a little childish of him.
He's taken what was a great resource for cyclists the world over and taken it all down because people wouldn't pay him for his work.
If he's that concerned about money - make his site subscription based. If his time is too valuable to be wasted on task with no financial reward, then fine - stop updating the blog - but no need to delete the existing info and essentially make all the hours he has put in not only fiscally, but wasteful in every way possible.
Hopefully at some stage he will pick up his dummy, put all the toys back in the box and re-up the blog.
Dont get me wrong - I'm all for people being credited and paid for working, but what has he achieved with this dummy spit?
Michael, I work unpaid many hours each week on community groups, most of it cycling advocacy. A total of 268 + 67 members in 4 cycling websites and groups. The 268 are also AC members. No membership fees so spent >$1,000 of my money, after I have organised some grants and contributions. Come Super Tuesday, usually 3 of us count bicycles to get some funding. Fortunately this year 6 counting out of 335 members. If more volunteering and more funds, more could be achieved. I feel unappreciated. The trouble is that my personal tasks and chores are not getting done. This also costs me money. Sometimes one needs to re-evaluate giving cycling advocacy time for free, and put oneself first.
I can understand why David Hembrow has re-thought his situation. His free cycling advocacy was not paying the bills. Nothing to do with being childish or spitting the dummy.
All totally fair points which I 100% agree on - but what I am saying is the more reasonable solution would be to stop updating the blog and putting time into it - not to just delete the whole thing.
Imagine if the Egyptians tore down all the pyramids before the end of their era - it would all have been for nothing.
But moot point now anyway as apparently the blog is back up. Toys back in the box :)