Huffingtonpost Ripping off Infographic

They can steal your content…

But they can never steal your creativity

Yesterday I got a nice Infographic forwarded. This Infographic was about eBay, and showed the 14 years of eBay. The Infographic was posted on the well known Huffingtonpost. (link). Here is the Infographic:

Online University
Via: Online University

The interesting thing in the post from the Huffingtonpost was the fact they made the infographic available for publication on your own site, through displaying a sniplet of html code you can use:

image

However, instead of using the code the original creators of the infographic, which is available at Online University, The Huffingtonpost placed their own link in the sniplet of the code to link to their own site. However, they kept the image location pointing at the location on the Online University server, not to eat up their own bandwidth.

This is so wrong from The Huffingtonpost. They have the larger audience, and will pick up so many free links from the fact the infographic will get displayed on multiple websites, while not spending any on the creativity nor the design of the infographic. One simple remedy to solve this is to swap the image on the Online University server with a different one, which would have the effect all the websites displaying the infographic would show something else. However, pulling a Goatse.cx on your own users is probably not something Online University would like to burn their hands on.

My respect for The huffingtonpost was already lowered after they republished a full article from bloggers without any permission to do so. Now ripping off infographics to republish, and submit to DIGG is a new form of traffic growth for The Huffingtonpost.

They can steal your content…

But they can never steal your creativity