Popular wisdom says that China is a bunch of thieves with utter disregard for intellectual property. Any good, or even half good idea gets immediately stolen in China. In a man bites dog twist on the story, an American website is being accused of serial thievery of made-in-China intellectual property. According to Beijing-based Carnewschina, the Rockville, MD, site Carbuzz.com “systematically steals my content for their China-tag. CarBuzz.com steals my pictures, my information, but does not link back to me.”Not linking back is the biggest sin in the blogospere. According to the prevailing code of blogger ethics, you can steal, but you must always say where you stole it.
Tycho de Feyter, owner of Carnewschina, freshly minted father of an 8 pounds boy and occasional TTAC contributor is mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. He wrote a blog post in which he unmasks the egregious extent of “Carbuzz’s thievery.” Really disconcerting and utterly bad form: When called on the carpet, Carbuzz apologizes, swears that things will change, and then does it again.
Carbuzz, please be advised that Tycho is not your average Chinese carblogger. He is a redheaded, fiery Dutchman who I would not want as my enemy. He is already gearing up for a major counterattack:
“After checking some other stories on their site I found out CarBuzz doesn’t steal just from us but from many other websites as well, more on that soon later…”