SPH WHY LIKE THAT?

WHAT HAPPENED?

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  • Founder of The Dorsal Effect did a few interviews with SPH.
  • She took the interviews and uploaded them on her site.
  • SPH contacts her re breech of intellectual property rights asking her to remove those articles with SPH’s masthead or she can apply and pay a copyright license fee for the usage.
  • She got angry, lost faith and decided to post it on Facebook to shame SPH share with her friends about this incident.

Said letters from SPH14656444_10154031585785687_259532943232585053_n 14666156_10154031585735687_5724054765994465600_n 14690892_10154031585705687_2218006866873918794_n

If you ain’t quite sure about what a masthead is, it’s basically that logo you see above the article.

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no doubt, IT must be sph’s fault

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The guru has spoken…

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wait… maybe it’s not sph after all

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or maybe just because…

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I know they have been under heat from the retrenchment saga, but I’m not too sure if this is the real reason.

i’m no ip lawyer but…

I really do not see what’s the problem here. Moreover, if it’s an interview, it’s free publicity. Regardless of what the article is about, good cause or not, an article is an article and should be treated equally. From my understanding of these letters, SPH ain’t saying that Kathy isn’t allowed to share the post but it’s just a simple case of “don’t wholesale the article including my logos”. And if you like their logo that much, just simply pay for the usage of it. It ain’t even a fine or penalty from SPH.

Here’s a comment that I feel made a lot of sense. And it’s just as simple as that – it’s a matter of playing by the rules. Why make it sound like SPH has scammed you into some MLM deal?

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Smith Leong

I'm a self-made thousandaire with a thing for tatts and a loud mouth you probably don't care about. Also blogs at www.smithankyou.com

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