Blog Plagiarism – A WordPress.com blog is stealing content from my blog.

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  • #74420

    redelephant
    Member

    The blog in question is http://rockstartup.wordpress.com and it is currently stealing lots of articles, images and screenshots from my blog. When I mean stealing, I mean completely lifting complete passages and images without any credit whatsoever.

    I’ve contacted the author but he seem to respond. What can I do? Can WordPress.com suspend his account?

    #74662

    raincoaster
    Member

    You need to send a feedback from your dashboard to WordPress, and it’s best if you give specific examples; ie “I posted THIS CONTENT at 3:00 and he posted this identical stuff at 5:30 HERE” that kind of thing, URLs included. They take copyright VERY seriously at WordPress, and your mention that a WordPress blogger is stealing the content will put this at the top of their list to investigate.

    #74664

    ozrisk
    Member

    Violation of ToS, para 5. The other blog can be deleted for doing this. Include that and I would say action will be quick – once support wakes back up.

    #74665

    ozrisk
    Member

    oops – missed the closing tag on the a href. Sorry.

    #74667

    raincoaster
    Member

    This is the kind of thing support pays attention to even on the weekends. Best of luck!

    #74672

    trent
    Member

    I fixed your link ozrisk. @redelephant, If staff haven’t responded by Monday morning, send in a feedback on this issue.

    Trent

    #74676

    mark
    Staff

    http://rockstartup.wordpress.com/ had ads.
    It’s been nuked and IF it returns it will be without any ads and have 100% original content.

    #74732

    redelephant
    Member

    Just wanna say .. thanks mark, and everyone who helped. It’s been traumatizing to see content I’ve spent dozens of hours writing get stolen and I’m glad the matter has been taken care so swiftly.

    Thanks, WordPress.com!

    #74735

    dragonflyer
    Member

    copywriting?

    #74736

    dragonflyer
    Member

    If you wirte something stupid and they copy it and they paste it everyone will say its wrong ;)

    Hope this helps

    #74793

    trent
    Member

    Ironically, I find them every once in awhile, but my wife posted something about the Stella awards with no reference to anything but what was said and here is someone who re-posted the post and added their anti-american flare above it…..*sigh*

    Trent

    #74801

    samureye
    Member

    Has been happening to me, support says they cannot do anything about it, but take a look here http://addmonkey.wordpress.com/2007/02/04/blog-content-stolen/

    #74804

    timethief
    Member

    Sadly this isn’t news to us. If you do a forum search for “bitacle” and “blog scrapers” you will find that something like 700 of Robert Scoble’s posts and several hundred of Lorelle’s posts were scraped. This is not to mention all the other bloggers who had their contact likewise “scraped”.

    #74919

    sulz
    Member

    how can i search to make sure none of my blog’s content has been stolen? is checking via copyscape.com enough to ensure that?

    #74929

    trent
    Member

    I know there is a ‘feed’ copyright plugin for normal wordpress.org blogs that Lorelle talks about on her blog, but that is a tough one for wordpress.com….I guess checking incoming links is the best way (as that is how I find them). As well, do google searches for multiple words from your posts so it narrows the search i guess!

    Trent

    #74948

    timethief
    Member

    @samureye
    Here’s the link to Lorelle’s post on what to do if you do discover someone has been stealing your blog content http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

    #74956

    sulz
    Member

    trent: thanks for the suggestion. i don’t mind the links, because that means they’re acknowledging that i’m the author, isn’t it?

    #74957

    trent
    Member

    I guess so ;) I personally don’t mind people doing that either, but I guess I don’t think anyway would want to steal my content! If they did, I would hope that a google search and copyscape.com would be my go to things! lol

    Trent

    #74982

    brentroos
    Member

    Make sure you add a Creative Commons License to copywrite your material.

    Then if you see someone stealing from you, remind them in their comments that they are committing a crime. This has worked every time it has happened to me.

    Good luck

    #74997

    sulz
    Member

    ah good tip brentroos.

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