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Should pingback give credit to original post?

  1. I'm having trouble understanding the pingback. From what I've read on the support page, it sounds like my original post should show up as a link on person B's blog/webpage. That would mean it would link back to my blog instead of showing the whole post on person B's site, right? If that is how it is supposed to work, I'm concerned that it is not working or being plagiarized on http://salmonberrynaturals.com/2010/01/22/healthy-body-fat-percentages/. They have at least 3 of my blog entries posted without giving me any credit. Please let me know.

    The blog I need help with is mixfitness.wordpress.com.

  2. We need the complete and clickable link to the post on your own blog that you think may have been plagiarized. Please post it starting with http://

    Yes, any blogger who quotes, cites or uses the information in your post ought to be linking back to your original post.

  3. It's not necessary to post a copyright notice. Under the law if your created it it's yours and no notice need be posted. However, posting a notice is usually done to deter content theft.

    The blog you linked to above is a wordpress.org blog. There is no About page and no contact information and the web host is not revealed on the site. Those things usually but not always add up to splog. I did a whois search for you. The site is hosted by GoDaddy.

  4. Thanks for your response. Here is the link to my own original blog
    http://mixfitness.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/healthy-body-fat-percentages

    What is splog? And, what should I do moving forward?

  5. A splog is a blog that contains stolen content. Many splog contain nothing but content that is sucked up from RSS feeds without the permission of the copyright holder. The motivation for content thieves is income earned from advertising on the slpog. This
    support documentation entry explains what to do to get your content removed http://en.support.wordpress.com/content-theft-what-to-do/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/prevent-content-theft/

    P.S. I have published a whole series of articles on this topic see: "copyright" and "protecting your digital work" and "slpog off"

  6. Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it. Had no idea how unprotected my blog was!

  7. The problem is that the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of the Copyright Law and misinformation abounds in the blogosphere. My experience elsewhere has been that no sooner do I help a blogger like yourself and clarify what is factual, than someone else will pop up claiming "fair use" amounts to snatching a whole article and providing a link back to the original author's blog and sends them traffic. I have had to put up with all kinds of abuse from those, who purport that they can take whatever they want and bloggers should feel falttered that their work was good enough to be stolen. The foregoing description is clearly not within the confines of the law pertaining to fair use. I am a paralegal and I know that they are full of buul crap. Moerover, once a reader has read an whole article on a splog why the hell would they click through to read it again on the site from whence it was stolen? DUH!

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