Carnewschina: Carbuzz Is A Bunch Of Thieves

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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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 “systematically steals my content for their China-tag. 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…”

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • W.Minter W.Minter on Jun 27, 2012

    Begun, the Clone War has.

  • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on Jun 27, 2012

    Oh dear. Hope this doesn't turn into 'TheOatmeal vs Funnyjunk'. That one is spiraling out of control right now...

  • Robert Gordon Robert Gordon on Jun 27, 2012

    Probably an appropriate time then to ask when you are going to give us the final chapter in the BMW 'M' saga? There's a couple of BMW enthusiasts in my office who've been waiting with bated breath for it....

  • Daveainchina Daveainchina on Jun 28, 2012

    Good for Tycho, although I'm not sure anything really can be done about it legally. And I'm not sure that that website has any reputation at all. On the other hand what is ‘TheOatmeal vs Funnyjunk’ about? Another blog war type thing?

    • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on Jun 28, 2012

      TheOatmeal vs Funnyjunk is an ongoing sh*tstorm between The Oatmeal - a website which creates original content (in the form of very funny but rather rude cartoons), a website which hosts 'user generated content' (i.e. stolen, copyrighted works from The Oatmeal and hundreds of other websites) and the lawyer for the latter website. If you can be bothered to read up about it, it's actually quite an interesting and amusing tale, as the owner of The Oatmeal has responded to the various legal threats by being rather rude and righteous, as he pretty much told the lawyer for Funnyjunk to go f**k himself and instead raised over $200k for charity. This has lead to the aforementioned sh*tstorm as the lawyer seems to have totally lost his sense of humour and decided to sue everyone, including the charities.