Content and Feed Theft of my WordPress Blog by a WordPress Blog

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  • #218047

    cohn
    Member

    I wrote a post about Google Trends and the earthquake today in Illinois.

    For some reason when I made my post, it took a while to get pulled into blog.search at Google. When it did however, it was under someone elses blog who had in turn stolen all of my headlines and content verbatim.

    http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=earthquake+rocks+google&btnG=Search+Blogs

    http://cinderella.de/whelp/news/?p=666

    This just occurred today but it looks the blog is grabbing a bunch of feeds.

    It hasn’t been unusual for me to see my content scraped and put on splogs but having them usurp my feed and place in blog search for it is an entirely different matter.

    #218241

    ellaella
    Member

    I feel your pain, but that’s a self-hosted blog and there is nothing wordpress.com can do about it. There are many, many forum threads about scrapers, splogs and DMCA and one or more of them might be of help.

    #218246

    cohn
    Member

    I understand it is self hosted and that content theft is inevitable.

    My concern is that it has somehow supplanted my feed into blog.search results – I mean they stole my content and got into blog search before the ink had dried on my post.

    My question is about the status of wordpress feed. Has it not been compromised?

    If I write a blog post about this topic, will it too be “authored”, scraped and indexed as someone other than its original author?

    Should I try it out?

    #218248

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, the feed has not been “Compromised.” This is standard splogger behaviour: they subscribe to feeds, which go out instantly. And they’re automated, so their posts go up instantly. This is how it works.

    #218249

    ellaella
    Member

    I might well be missing something — it’s been a long day — but your feed is available to anyone with a feed reader and theirs is available to the search engines. As for the swiftness, the other day I posted something on a political blog ( a .com blog not linked to my name here) and in the time it took to check the front page and make sure all was right I had three splogger pingbacks in my spam queue.

    Sure, try it, why not? :) I’ve done more devilish things to people who stole my entire content — including my copyright notices.

    #218253

    cohn
    Member

    OK. Thank you both.

    It too has been a long day over here, I just learned I had another site receive an SQL Injection hack which has created a much longer list of problems to deal with.

    As a result, I may not have communicated my thoughts as clearly as I had planned.

    Raincoaster, I understand your explanation and I think it makes the most sense.

    However, if the splog site has grabbed my content and is now being placed in Google blog results and now Google’s search results, I would argue my feed has been compromised because I am no longer being credited as the post’s author.

    http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS270&q=earthquake+rocks+google+too&btnG=Google+Search

    Would you not agree?

    Theft of content is one thing. Theft of its authorship is another.

    #218258

    cohn
    Member

    In order to eliminate the feed as the source, I will write this post to see if the splog is grabbing my feed specifically or if it is grabbing keyword specific posts.

    Only at that point, will it become clear what further options I may have.

    My blog entry title will be: Hot news! Blog Content Theft http://cinderella.de/whelp/news/
    The contents of my post will be from this thread along with screen shots.

    Here it goes!

    #218263

    princo
    Member

    Seems for me, that the account of the website was hacked. I’ll send a complaint to the hoster, and contact the owner of the site tomorrow.

    In the upper right corner of the “blog”, there is an “ad”-banner, linking to a website with VERY bad behaviour.

    You can find a report about the “bad” site here:
    http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/spyshredderscanner.com

    #218264

    raincoaster
    Member

    Sploggers subscribe to tag feeds, typically. What do you mean by “compromised?” Your feed is going out as usual; it has not been hacked. It’s just that someone is taking it and doing something illegal with it.

    #218265

    princo
    Member

    To make it clear: i think the website cinderella.de is beeing hacked.

    #218266

    That ‘banner’ in the top right ran something when I went to the site. Yes, something is going on and I’m not going back; I’m actually going to clean my computer after I make this comment.

    I made a quick screenshot while I was there so you can see it and not go to the cinderella site:

    #218267

    princo
    Member

    I sent the complaints to the owner and the hoster. Tomorrow i make a phone call to the owner.
    Be sure, afterwards this splog wouldn’t exist anymore.

    #218270

    cohn
    Member

    Raincoaster compromised ie., their site:
    1.) Took my content
    2). Put it on its site
    3). Fed it as its own to both search and blog results
    4). Distributed my content as its own both through search and blog results before it was recognized as mine.
    5). By its method, denied my site’s ability to then have it distributed.

    This transpired over a three and a half hour period and has since been resolved by WordPress, the WordPress Community and Google.

    Thanks!

    Tim Cohn

    I have posted some screen shots here:
    http://cohn.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/stop-blog-content-theft-splagiarism/

    #218271

    raincoaster
    Member

    I’m not going to argue with you about the definition of the word “Compromised.”

    #218272

    cohn
    Member

    It may not have been the right word but it got the job done.

    What term might you have suggested?

    #218273

    raincoaster
    Member

    “Copied.” The word compromised indicates some kind of hack, whereas this was more or less a straightforward copy/paste.

    #218274

    riraito
    Member

    guys,what’s there to argue about anyway?

    the bottom-line is his blog contents got stolen by another blogger isnt it?

    does compromised and copied even matter? god…

    #218275

    pkayski
    Member

    Cohn (and anyone else in a similar situation):

    I would like to suggest (and this is my suggestion so you don’t have to take it) in that instead of contacting the owner of the blog, I recomend you just contacting the host/domain providers/IP/etc and asking them to shut the site down for the content they have stolen from you. I see it as fastforwarding on the innevitable outcome (i.e. they will ignore you, so you have to talk to the providers of the domain/ip/host anyway)

    Hope you get the mofo’s shut down.
    Cheers!

    #218276

    raincoaster
    Member

    A hacked feed needs staff intervention: a copied feed needs blogger action. That’s why it matters.

    #218277

    jlosh
    Member

    There is an option in the dashboard regarding adding your site to search engines
    (http://yoursite.wordpress.com/wp-admin/options-privacy.php)
    — But this might not help you out regarding someone snatching your feeds.

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