A Note of Courtesy for Prep Bloggers and Preppers who Read Them

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This week I received an email from an owner of one of the more well known preparedness websites out there.  Let’s just say that you would all know who I was talking about if I mentioned the site.  In his email, he suggested an older article that I might find interesting and informative to my readers.

I usually get home from work, eat something and start reading and posting on Prepper Website.  I usually check and answer email later in the evening.  When I read his email and clicked on the link to his article to read it, I found that the article seemed very familiar.  In fact, so familiar that I thought I had read it that evening.  Due to the fact that I was extremely tired and I read a lot of articles, I thought I might be mistaken.  But I wasn’t.  I found the article linked right there on the site.  The only problem is that the article was linked to another prep blog.

At first, I thought this well known prep site owner might have sent a mass email to a bunch of websites to share his older post.  So I went back to the email and noticed that it was only addressed to me.  I emailed him to let him know that I had already linked to the post, but at another website.  He emailed me a little surprised.  Apparently, this other website had not asked for permission to copy and post the whole article on their site.

Later the next day he forwarded the email that this “copy” prep blog sent back in response to his email to remove the article.  The email was rude and mean.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading!  A prep blogger was upset and rude because the owner of the original content that he posted on his blog was asking him to remove the article because he had not asked for permission. WOW!

The fact is, that this is very common on preparedness websites.  Some preparedness websites have become very popular.  All they do is copy and paste other prep bloggers articles on their site in whole, many times without permission or attribution.

This has happened to me too!  A while back I put together a Gardening Link Bomb.  Now, I did not write all the articles, but I took the time to reread them (I read them previously for PW), categorize them and link to them.  I didn’t copy and paste any of the content, just the name of the article and the link to the original website.  Needless to say, the article was/is very popular in the preparedness community, since many of us garden.  But as the article made the rounds, I started finding it on websites with no attribution to the original link bomb at all.  I would have been fine with something as short as, “I found this great list of links over at www.edthatmatters.com.”  But there was nothing!

Now, many bloggers out there will let you use their articles without asking.  For example, Mac Slavo over at the SHTFPlan includes this in every post,

Copyright Information: Copyright SHTFplan and Mac Slavo. This content may be freely reproduced in full or in part in digital form with full attribution to the author and a link to www.shtfplan.com. Please contact us for permission to reproduce this content in other media formats.

Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog has this posted on his contact page,

Many people ask if they can use the articles on this site.

The answer is most definitely yes.

I very much encourage others to take these articles and spread them wherever they can. The more eyeballs that see them the more of an impact they will have.

So please feel free to use these articles. I want them to be distributed as far and as wide as possible.

When you republish one of the articles on the site, if you could please include a direct link back to the original article that would be greatly appreciated.

I retain full rights to these articles, but please do not hesitate to spread these articles wherever you would like. I want as many people as possible to read them. Hopefully these articles are helping a few more people to wake up.

Gaye Levy over at Backdoor Survival states,

Second, you will never ever find ripped-off content or ripped-off photos on Backdoor Survival.  I do not want to dwell on this but having been on the ripped-off side of the equation, I will never do that to someone else.  That said, I am a Contributing Writer to Activist Post, a Guest Writer for Wake Up World and a Reporter on Before Its News.  I welcome others to post my material as long as a link back to my original article is included.

Earlier this year, I started to include this notice at the end of my posts on www.edthatmatters.com,

Copyright – Content on Ed That Matters (unless the work of a Third-Party) may be reproduced in part or whole with attribution through a link to www.edthatmatters.com. If you are interested in a Third Party article, please contact the author for permission.

On these sites, and many others, if anyone who decides to repost an article gives attribution, then everything is fine and someone who reposts the article doesn’t have to ask for permission.

However, other Preparedness Websites don’t have that information posted.  It should be assumed that permission should be requested to repost or use their articles.

What’s the big deal?  Aren’t you about helping people?

That’s a big YES!  Many prep bloggers do so because they are on THE journey themselves and they want to share and help others along too.  Many prep bloggers spend a lot of time writing articles, researching, spending their own money, etc…  They work hard on their sites.  Many times, it is another part/full time job.  You can read some of the responses on the question, “How much time do you spend dedicated to your website?” on The Featured Websites of the Month on Prepper Website.  One of the benefits of working so hard on our sites is the small (and I stress SMALL) monetary benefit from advertisers/sponsors, affiliate links and internet traffic.   Again, most prep bloggers are really there to help, but when someone takes an article without permission, or doesn’t provide attribution…or that attribution is so small that no one would ever notices it, then they are hurting the original content creator and hurting the preparedness community.

I don’t want to go into copyright law and all that.  Instead, I am appealing to courtesy and professionalism in the preparedness community.  I am appealing to do the right thing.

Maybe an example would be beneficial.  If an article is reposted, a simple line of attribution should be provided, hopefully at the top of the article.  For example, this sentence could be used: “This article was first published on www.example.com.”  or “This article is published with permission from www.example.com.”

Again, I’m appealing to courtesy and professionalism in the preparedness community.

What can preppers who read blogs do?

As you make the rounds on various sites and see articles reproduced, check to see if the website provides attribution in the article.  If not, a simple email asking if the website had permission to post the site would be beneficial and helpful to the original content creator.  If the website continues to copy and paste articles without permission or attribution, just stop visiting it.

In closing, the desire of all Preparedness Website owners is to help others become more prepared.  But original content is still their property. I have found that many will willingly share their content with others if they just ask or provide attribution.

I have found that the Preparedness Community is smart, made up of caring, giving and respectful people.  I am so glad that I have had so many positive experiences with so many of you!


Todd Sepulveda







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Todd Sepulveda

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