Check the comments for additional information on whether or not this kind of cut and pasting is illegal.
Seems it is.
Gymnastike got back to me with this response:
That article from British Gymnastics is a press release. Below is a screenshot of the email that came to me from British Gymnastics and you will see it’s clearly branded as a press release. We get press releases from media sources every day. They want to get their message out, and encourage us to post it. It is in no way illegal. …
Apologies to Gymnastike.
Perhaps this is common practice. I still don’t like it. Some are calling it lazy journalism.
Gymnastike does not often link to other sites. They should not be surprised if that policy is reciprocated.
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This site is an aggregator. We link to good content wherever we find it — and try to send interested readers to other websites.
While not perfect, I don’t think there’s any other gymnastics site that tries harder to credit and promote the source of original content. With a lot of traffic, a link from Gymnastics Coaching gives increased PageRank to the sites we link.
On September 15th British Gymnastics put up a great post – 2014 World Championship team announced.
Soon after Gymnastike cut and pasted the entire text – British Gymnastics Officially Announces Worlds Team.
They changed a few words. With this credit – Release via British Gymnastics. (with no link because they don’t actually want their readers to leave Gymnastike)
Worse, they went through the British Gymnastics replacing the BG links with links to Gymnastike pages. Some BG links were left, so someone at Gymnastike went to the trouble of removing those links.
I checked, not a single link to British Gymnastics remained in the end. It might have been faster to simply write their own story.
This may not be illegal, but it’s
certainly unethical. I’ll continue my boycott of Gymnastike and recommend you do the same.
I feel badly for Anne and the other ethical people at Flocasts Gymnastike. But everyone I’ve spoken with feels you should work from within to address the many complaints.