Parasites

The vermin only teaze and pinch
Their foes superior by an inch.
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite ’em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Thus every poet, in his kind,
Is bit by him that comes behind

[Jonathan Swift 1733]

I both dislike and hate parasites.
I reserve my dislike for those creatures who have evolved to live on the blood and flesh of their bigger neighbours, and know nothing better.
My hatred is for humans who prey upon other humans.
My concern is that the latter, if not dissuaded from their disgusting practices, will be emulated more and more, until parasitic behaviour effectively becomes cannibalism.
From Swift’s ‘On Poetry: a Rhapsody’, from which the extract above is taken, we can see that parasitic behaviour in journalism, is no new phenomenon.
On the World Wide Web today, there are many examples, mainly in the USA, of companies that willfully aggregate the original work of others, then have the unadulterated nerve to charge subscriptions for those who wish to read articles.
Worse than that, their scruffy little URLs pollute the output of search engines such as Google, so that the original articles are almost never found.
Should anyone discover that their copyrighted material has been hijacked in this way, apparently it is their responsibility to inform these thieving cunts of their transgression – usually by being obliged to fill out a lengthy form, quoting articles and URLs. The transgressor denies any responsibility for articles ‘uploaded’ onto their site, but is very happy to take money from those wishing to read the articles. This is downright wrong, and The Millennial Copyright Act should oblige ANYONE re-publishing the work of others to seek permission first. It should NOT be the job of original authors to police these bandits – the law should be enforced.
If this means that the likes of SCRIBD and all the other shit-pile parasites are put out of business, then great.
In the meantime, rid your searches of these low-lives by excluding them in a search filter. If they aren’t seen in a search engine, then no-one will find them, the original articles will have more visibility, and best of all, you won’t be maintaining the extravagant life-style of some fat slug in California.
Most search engines allow filters in the search criteria – have a look at what is supported in the one you use.

Footnote – Don’t pay parasites to read any of my work, it is all free.
Both my websites joebrown.org.uk and connectable.org.uk are gone – in their original form. Some material has been re-posted on joebrown.eu, and should you wish to view an archive of the original sites, both connectable.org.uk and joebrown.org.uk snapshots can be viewed on http://web.archive.org/ Which charges you nothing, nada, zilch.

For example: http://web.archive.org/web/20181107214923/http://www.connectable.org.uk/wp2/ – Enjoy!!