"What’s yours may not be yours anymore if others find a better way to package it."
David Carr offers this warning in his NYT article about efforts to fashion a system for ethical citation, aggregation, and "curation" of web content.
His article explores two potential solutions: one, a semi-top-down "seal of approval" approach; the other, a "curator's code" adopted from the bottom up.
Examining these options, Carr poses the interesting question: "Where is the line between promoting the good work of others and simply lifting it? Naughty aggregation is analogous to pornography: You know it when you see it."
Read more: A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators