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

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  • #75186

    raincoaster
    Member

    Well, since the material is published in the US it’s copyrighted whether you have a CC badge or not, but it does look more official that way.

    There have been reports from good sources that repeatedly clicking on their ad links without buying anything gets these blog scrapers in deep doo-doo with Adsense, and can result in the killing of their contracts and thus their reason for stealing in the first place.

    #75188

    brentroos
    Member

    I think it’s generally good practice to add a CC license to your blog anyway. It’s free, so why not? And there are different licenses to choose from. You can observe the benefits at their way sharp looking website.

    #75190

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, I’d like to see that CC-install here at WP.com. Tagging each blog with the badge automatically would be a good step.

    #75192

    ozrisk
    Member

    raincoaster,
    The problem would be that there are several differing licenses. I have one on my blog (an Attribution Share Alike 2.5) but others may be happy to put it out there as license free, while still others may choose more restricitve licenses.
    I think the only way to do it might be via a dedicated widget that allows each user to select the particular license they require.
    Should we ask for such a widget?

    #75194

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, that’s what I’m getting at. They offer a range of licenses and I’d like to see (and am not the first blogger to suggest) that we could select one of them while setting up our blogs and it would automatically appear on each post. I think there’s an old thread around this issue, although whether or not it’s called “Copyscape” I don’t recall. In any case, staff have requested that we make our widget suggestions and change suggestions through feedback so, having raised the issue here for others to see, that’s just what I’ll do.

    #75257

    brentroos
    Member

    I don’t see how it is necessary to add a widget when it is merely a matter of adding a small amount of code.

    If someone wants to do this, I suppose it would be fine, but I do not see it necessary as a widget. I just add the HTML to the text widget. Works fine for me.

    I suppose that if we could have widgets in the footer, then a CC widget would be good for that. Although a text widget in the footer would suffice.

    The point is, we need widgets for the footer and the sidebar.

    #75262

    drmike
    Member

    One of the newer themes actually has a widget area in the footer. I was surprised to see it. It’s been suggested before so that folks can do what you suggest like add in links and copyright information.

    #75263

    ozrisk
    Member

    drmike,
    I take it you mean tarski – and, yes it is useful for just what you say.

    #75264

    drmike
    Member

    Actually that wasn’t the one I was thinking of but looks like it does. Thanks for the follow up.

    #75265

    judyb12
    Member

    my 2ยข on Tarski’s footer: It’s clunky. My experience with it was that the widgets you put in the footer stack one on top of the other, just like the sidebar, instead of extending horizontally. Maybe that was just FF on my Mac.

    Anyway, i think the text widget with HTML is sufficient for CC. Why bog down the enhancement list with something that is easily done as is?

    Just my opinon

    #75275

    ozrisk
    Member

    [off topic]
    judyb12,
    I would agree on Tarski’s footer and it is not just FF. It would be handy to have it go across and then down. Maybe I should learn CSS. Tarski has only the two faults.
    [/off topic]

    #75279

    [OT]
    the reason tarski’s footer is clunky is that matt+co deleted the recent posts stuff that was supposed to be there. it’s a stupid hack. they could have fixed the problem just as easily by turning off the ‘recent posts’ widget, which caused the conflict. but that would have required reading the designer’s instructions. we know that to be too complex for automattic
    [/OT]

    back on topic, if this happens with a site that’s not on wordpress.com, matt thomas has a nice template of a DMCA notice, with instructions:
    (clicky)

    #75404

    timethief
    Member

    “There have been a lot of questions recently about how to deal with blog scrapers, and i thought it might be useful to put up a step-by-step guide for sending a DMCA notice (or not).”

    Please refer to this excellent instructional forum post by judyb12 …
    DMCA or Not? https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=17307

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