Blog Plagiarism – A WordPress.com blog is stealing content from my blog.
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?
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.
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.
oops – missed the closing tag on the a href. Sorry.
This is the kind of thing support pays attention to even on the weekends. Best of luck!
I fixed your link ozrisk. @redelephant, If staff haven’t responded by Monday morning, send in a feedback on this issue.
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.
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.
If you wirte something stupid and they copy it and they paste it everyone will say its wrong ;)
Hope this helps
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*
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/
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”.
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?
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!
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/
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?
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
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.
ah good tip brentroos.
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