We were hoping to take it easy for a few days and recover, that was without the news that an entire feature from Fleet Ramblings has been copied and pasted into a private blog page. Not only that the owner of the blog page has made no attempt to recognise the source or seek permission. In fact visitors to this other site would be forgiven in thinking these were the original words of that author. Our request for the page to be removed has met with silence.
Copyright theft is one of the biggest challenges being faced by journalists. It is hard to police but Copyright Theft is a criminal offence.
Prospective Copyright Thieves should also be aware that our Blog page is based on our own views. These may cause concern and could result in us having legal contact from companies. In 40 years and more of journalism I have had my fair share of legal/solicitor's letters. It you copy one of our Blog Posts and pass it off as your own creation that you may well have to provide your own defence if there is an issue.
If there is any further repetition of this kind then we will have to seriously consider if we are prepared to carry on providing a free news and comment service.
To those guilty of Copyright Theft from this site - You have been warned!
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.