How does WP handle plagiarism of its blogs?
Actually I’m not advocating anything. The post I wrote provides the links to three options available to those who wish to have copyright notices on their blogs. It’s up to each blogger to make their own choice about posting a notice or not. :-)
I just saw raincoaster’s post. I do believe that by posting a notice there can be no confusion about what the copywright holder’s position was or is.
By registering copyrights on my posts and posting notice of the same (click the “myfreecopyright” icon in my sidebar at the top), I believe that I am clearly declaring my copyright.
Moreover, on my copyright page I have this statement as well:
<blcokquote> Copyright © 2007 All Rights Reserved
No part of this blog is under a Creative Commons License. All content on this blog is the property of the blog owner and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and cannot be stored on any retrieval system, reproduced, reposted, displayed, modified or transmitted in any form, electronic or otherwise without written permission of the copyright owner except as noted below.
[MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected icon] A brief excerpt of content may be quoted as long as a link is provided back to the source page on this blog.
/nod to tt
Some people like tight control over what they write and some don’t. In my opinion it’s a good idea for each person to decide what they will and will not allow and then state that on their blogs. That way, nothing is left up to interpretation or guessing.
That said, it’s always the blogger’s choice.
Okay, thanks everyone. That’s what I thought the situation was but then I got confused.
Heck this stuff probably confuses lawyers. But when it comes to sploggers IMO they seem to deliberately search for blogs that have Creative Commons licenses posted.
What I meant about Creative Commons is this:
Someone has the CC Attribution as part of their license. They complain to me that someone else has copied part of their work and not linked to them. In each case there WAS a link. But what the original author has not done was specify the link that should be made (“You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.”). So as I saw it the fault lay with the original blogger not making clear their conditions because the other person was linking back as they felt they should.
Someone else complained that their work had been copied. It had been. But it was linked to the original article, there was no attempt to disguise the fact it had been copied and the new work was also under the same license. I had to point the original blogger at their own license and say “But you are saying they can do this”. (I added that changing it now and complaining wouldn’t work).
So there are people that have a CC badge and don’t fully detail what they want in those ways that they can (such as the link) and others who just get another badge in the sidebar.
Also, you cannot claim copyright over any work that is not yours. So if I write something on my blog that is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 then you then copy/quote/use that but you cannot copyright that derivative work.
“Share Alike: The licensor permits others to distribute derivative works only under the same license or one compatible with the one that governs the licensor’s work.”
An example here of this is the FAQ. That is under the above license. We want it copied to blogs, we want people to know about it, we want people to improve it, build on it, translate it. But you cannot copyright it.
Back to the OP: I have been scraped by this person and went ahead and reported them to Google Adsense. Do the same. Repeatedly, if necessary. They’ll eventually remove their Adsense account, and that will remove the blog’s reason for existing.
Hit ’em in the wallet – that’s their only reason for living.
If you get scraped:
a) Find where they are hosted.
b) (Pay attention to this part): Report the site to their host, but as a violation of the hosts TOS, where the offending site has committed copyright infringement.
You’ll get a lot faster, and permanent result instead of just reporting a copyright infringement.
Note, that I said report it as a violation of the hosts TOS.
In a nutshell, it’s a “loophole” around all the legalize as compared to you reporting it simply as a copyright violation. The host looks at your site (and they will look for a copyright notice usually, even if it isn’t “technically” required), compare, and if there is a violation, then they shut the offending site down immediately for violating their TOS.
With just a plain complaint of a violation, without saying it is a TOS violation, it gets tricky and most hosts will at that point want some sort of cease and desist letter, etc.
Some idiots will be back on another host within a week, after their DNS propagates to new name servers. Some never appear again. However, feel comfy that most of the pigs don’t have backups, let alone remember all the links they stuffed into their plugin.
That’s a good idea! Thanks for that.
Update: “Fu.org” still hasn’t removed the post plagiarized from my site. But as I’ve been trying to fight this, I’ve found two helpful things you can do if you ARE plagiarized:
1) Go to the Technorati Home page (www.technorati.com). Select “Contact Us.” You will see a window that says “Message type …” From the pull-down menu, select “I see a copyright violation.” I did this months ago with another plagiarist, and the plagiarist removed the offending post with days, though I don’t know if the Technorati complaint was the reason.
2) Look at the Google AdSense ads being sold against your plagiarized post. Click on the ads, then use the companies’ contact forms to get in touch and let them know their ads are appearing on sites with plagiarized content. One of the ads sold against my plagiarized material was for a well-respected college, which I am sure would be mortified that is is happening.
Thank you so much for all these helpful comments.
I’ve had a post taken by these people, too. I found this link by doing a Whois search, and they say that by emailing abuse[at]prohosted[dot]net they’ll get the offending posts removed. Time will tell whether that’s actually successful.
I think I remember raincoaster saying that if you click on the “Google” link in the adsense frame, it takes you to a place that you can report them to Google.
Also, lettershometoyou had a good post one what he does: http://lettershometoyou.wordpress.com/2007/11/20/what-to-do-if-youre-getting-as-sick-as-i-am-of-having-your-blog-copied/
Just had an email back from Unix-Fu and they have removed the offending post. This time, at least, it seems that there is something you can do about other blogs stealing your content.
I complained to the host server for the unix-fu and heard back in a timely manner. They were successful at getting the unix-fu site to remove all the stolen blog posts. I even got a lengthy email from the unix-fu guy apologizing for offending me, then justifying why what he does is OK.
My advice… complain to the host.
Would you like to share those email addresses? I’ve just gotten scraped by them again myself, and I can’t find the contact info. Maybe I’m blind.
Raincoaster, the email for the host server is billing[at]mojohost[dot]com (att: Brad Mitchell, CEO for MojoHost). He responded promptly to my request and professionally, too, I might add.
The email for the unix-fu[dot]org site is kris[at]prohosted[dot]net Personally, I wouldn’t waste my breath with this guy as he believes that RSS feeds = the freedom to copy and paste anyone’s words, artwork, photos or other intellectual property.
Good Luck! I’m confident you will find the Host to be responsive.
There was never any need to contact me – the owner of that web site handles remove requests personally and in a timely manner. The fastest response is simply to email the site owner directly. He is responsive, I have done is forward them and I have been assured that he will handle any such remove request expeditiously. Thank you, Brad
I emailed him yesterday and no response yet. We will see.
The article that was stolen from me was removed. So, apparently it does good to write to the guy at fu.org.
If anyone wants to use my blog posts they are free to use digg.com to create a link. It will drive traffic back to my site, which would be great. That way other people can utilize the link for their own blogs. But just the link. Not the whole article.
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