I received this email from the editors of Medgadget.com, regarding the situation that exists with BlogBurst, which is apparently a rather shady organization. If you are a member of BlogBurst, you will definitely want to read this. If you are considering joining BlogBurst (or any blog listing service), you should be aware of a few things before you do so;
We, the editors of Medgadget.com have noticed a trend that may negatively affect the blogosphere, and felt we should address it to you.
Recently, an operation called BlogBurst (blogburst.com) of the Pluck Corporation began syndicating blog content on newspaper pages. The method currently used is to copy the entire blog post, and insert it into a fresh online newspaper page, making it look like newspaper’s content. Moreover, they directly link to the images displayed in the post (hotlinking), eating up the blogger’s bandwidth to satisfy newspaper readership, all while providing little in return. There are links to the original blog, but the reader has no incentive to visit since the entire post, and other handpicked posts from various blogs, are readily available. That is the basics.
You can read more on this here at our blog.
The Editors of Medgadget.com