Whilst 'feed fishing' for MedWorm, I came across several cancer blogs that I would have liked to add to the cancer category on MedWorm, but was saddened to see the following copywrite notice at the bottom of the feed items:
Copyright © 2007 (blog title removed) This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can take legal action immediately.
Legal action immediately - ouch - some people just love their lawyers don't they? So I didn't add those feeds. I wonder if the cancer patients writing those blogs realise that their feeds are now being left out? Of course I respect that an individual may want their feed removing from MedWorm, for a number of reasons, which I would do so immediately if requested, but this talk of legal action leaves me feeling cold.
Feeds added to MedWorm have the potential to attract hundreds more site visitors as a result (checking my last stats, some sites were getting into the thousands). More people reading, sharing knowledge and experience - it's got to be a good thing, right? Especially when we are talking medical knowledge. Who cares how people get the information, so long as it is getting out? A real shame I think - very 'anti Web 2.0 / Health 2.0 / Medicine 2.0' - I hope it is not a trend that will grow.
My advice - if you aren't prepared to share your data, don't create an RSS feed, simple! You can't have it both ways - either share it, or don't.