Many of you will notice that I have not been blogging. However, the other day I received a comment on my last post which was called "A Silent Plea for Winters' End" the post included a poem which I had located online. I had given credit to the person and blog on which I had found this poem. The commenter was a bit upset, she indicated that she was the author of this poem and did not have a problem with me posting it, as long as she was given credit. I attempted to contact this person concerning the issue, but no email or link was available. Obviously, she did have a problem because today I received an email from blogspot, they had a complaint of copyright infringement on this post and have removed the post. And they also had some stern words concerning the issue. Many bloggers post poems or quotes on their blogs, most of which are not their own. I have always given credit where credit is due, however, I have also gone by the assumption that the source from which I've gotten the material has also given proper credit. It is apparent, from this situation, that this is not always the case.
The problem I ran into was who to believe, the person whose blog I had gotten the Poem from or the commenter who claimed she was the author. While I understand the commenter being upset, I certainly think it could have been addressed differently had I been given some type of contact information and a chance to explain and correct the problem. Dear Bloggers, please be careful or your sources when you are adding material to your blog. While I enjoyed the poem, it was just a fill in post and certainly not worth the hassle.