Wednesday, March 03, 2010

New blog URL

Folks, I've now changed the URL (i.e. the address) of this blog to

The old address ( will redirect to the new address.

Still, you might like to update your bookmark/blogroll/etc.

I'm currently testing out the feed settings. Everything appears to be functioning as normal, but please let me know if you experience any problems.


  1. Oops, when I tried to go to the new address, I got a message saying it didn't exist.

  2. Thanks for that, Snowbrush. :)

    The problem was just with the link I included in this post, which somehow got garbled. I've now fixed the link.

  3. hi stu, have you purchased your new url? and does that mean google no longer has your content licensed to do whatever with indefinitely? i've just heard that the content on free blog sites comes under the licence of the provider, and therefore my content rights under creative commons is pretty nominal. do you know anything about this? cheers,

  4. Hi Patrick,

    I've purchased the URL and DNS hosting through a service called Crazy Domains.

    Google/Blogger still hosts the content of the blog, however.

    From what I understand there's no longer the option to host the content yourself (through FTP).

    As for rights to the content of posts, etc, the Blogger terms of service state the following:

    "Your Intellectual Property Rights. Google claims no ownership or control over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services. You or a third party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content
    you submit, post or display on or through Google services and you are responsible for protecting those rights, as appropriate. By
    submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying and distributing Google services. Google furthermore reserves the right to refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any Content in its sole discretion.

    "You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to any Content

    "You may choose to submit, post, and display any materials on or through the Blogger service or under a public license
    (e.g. a Creative Commons license), whether by manually marking your materials as such or using Blogger service tools to do so."

    I guess the somewhat questionable part of that is "you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying and distributing Google services." That could be interpreted simply as saying that you grant Google the right to distribute your content via the blogging service they provide, although under these terms I'd suggest they have the right to distribute the content through their other services also.

    If someone is claiming that Google own the rights to the content posted by Blogger users, I'd be interested in hearing what they have to say. As far as I'm concerned, I retain the rights to any content I produce myself and post here. Anything that challenges that belief is definitely a concern.

  5. hi stu, thanks so much for all this. yes, a friend of mine heard an interview with a content activist (for wont of a better title) sending out a warning on melb abc recently. it was with jon faine i think. i'll try to get the transcript and sent a link... cheers, p

  6. hi stu, i found this regarding content ownership. at least one lawyer is very troubled by it. read on here.

  7. Cheers Patrick.

    I wonder if there are any documented cases of Google exploiting this grey area... You'd think if there were they would get a lot of publicity. I'd like to do some more research on this. Thanks for raising it.