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  1. I am trying to find out how to report a splog. One of my articles was linked to from a splog, but attributed to another author. That is copyright infringement and I want the article to have my name on it or else have the link removed from their site. There is no contact information (surprise) on the splog site. What is the best way to handle this?

  2. Many of us have been through this dozens of times. If it's one of those "So and so wrote an interesting article" things and it's an excerpt with a link to your post, the best thing is to delete the trackback, move on and forget it. There's nothing you can do. It's just an excerpt and there's a link.

    If, however, the entire article is reprinted, you can look it up at whois and contact the web host. The host's ToS likely prohibits copyright violations.

  3. I get a lot of those lately whenever I checked my Blog Stats. I've had my share of a different kind of Copyright infringement. I'm a professional photographer and unlike textual infringement, my pursuit was successful and productive.

    http://shimworld.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/copyright-lost-in-translation/

  4. Thank you for the feedback. I guess the linking didn't bother me, but it was seeing someone else's name on it that made my hackles stand up.

    I think that the more people who pursue the copyright infringers and seek damages, the better it will be for all creative endeavors. I guess I'm just sick of intellectual parasites.

  5. You're welcome, ksgarvin...and I do agree about persuing infringements when possible and when it's an actual infringement and not just a snippet that's likely to be considered "fair use" under the law.

    Some have stolen my entire blog...every word, photo and copyright notice! I do go after those and once, with a determined thief, even changed a discreet watermark to a very large and bold notice that all content was stolen from my url.

    I get at least 6 trackbacks per week like yours and I cannot let myself be upset over a few words and a link, no matter whose name is attached. I've been writing a long, long time and stealing my work is far more distressing than swiping my byline, although the latter certainly was jarring the first few times. No question.

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