It is kind of weird to see all sorts of blogs commenting on Martin Schwimmer’s anti-Bloglines rant while apparently purposely ignoring the salient point and the (potential) problem with Bloglines (emphasis added),
The advertising issue gets to the heart of the matter — just how much altering of an RSS feed is an aggregator legally permitted to engage in? In an RSS feed like Schwimmer’s, which is licensed under a non-commercial Creative Commons license?
I would not want anyone taking my RSS feed(s) and inserting their own ads, or republishing a full article feed with their ads inserted, anymore than I appreciate the idiots at About.Com framing my content with their ads. If Bloglines is planning to insert ads in my RSS feed, I would definitely ask them to remove my feed from their service.
Finally, Russell Beattie is being a jerk as usual in this matter, but raises an important point — the folks at Creative Commons (which Schwimmer uses to license his RSS feed) needs to clarify exactly what is meant by non-commercial.
I have always interpreted non-commercial to mean that including advertising on such content was not permitted. Beattie disagrees, saying that this leads to a number of absurdities. Creative Commons needs to resolve this one way or the other.