What has Happened To “Ars Orandi”?
Like many others, I have noticed today that the “Ars Orandi” blog has been “removed”.
I can’t imagine Google arrives to such a point of content censorship, but it’s very difficult to understand what is happening.
My take about possible scenarios, for what it’s worth:
1. Perhaps someone objected to the many beautiful pictures, possibly claiming a violation of copyright. I do not know whether Mr Werling takes his pictures directly from google as I do, but I had one or two unpleasant experiences with the issue. It’s not always easy to know what rights are attached to a picture, at least I do not know how to do it. If there’s no “copyright” sign or other warning I assume it’s public domain. When writing from a tablet app you can take a picture and put it in the post (saving it beforehand, of course) without reading anything pertaining to the picture.
If this is the issue, I hope the blog will soon be back, without the pictures if needs be. The pictures are beautiful, but what we want is actually the written content.
2. The same applies for the many beautiful texts from Dom Gueranger’s books. I have always assumed this was public domain. I quote from books myself without any qualm, but mention the source and link when possible. I have always assumed this is more than sufficient. Mr Werling does the same without fail. I actually think he helps to sell Dom Gueranger’s books. If the copyright issues are so massive this is scary; does it mean we must pay much attention to every text we publish on the blog, even when we mention the source?
3. If I got it completely wrong with the copyright matter and there are other issues, I can only wish to Mr Werling that he soon finds the time or the motivation – or, if it was Google’s fault, the platform – to continue his beautiful work.
If there are issues with Google and Mr Werling decides to start a new blog, I will be happy to publicise the new address, link to it frequently and contribute as I can to make it as popular in the Google ranks as it used to be. A comment in my comment box from anyone who finds Mr Werling’s new blog will be enough. I am sure many others will do the same and help the new blog – if there will be any such – to rapidly reach the popularity it deserves.
As I am there, I allow myself to do something I have done far too seldom up to now: thank Mr Werling for his beautiful work all this time. Whenever I clicked the blog and got immersed in all that wisdom and beauty, I could not avoid thinking someone up above must be very, very pleased with Mr Werling’s work.
Let’s hope the blog is up and running again soon, anyway.