New splogging site?

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  • #152683

    membracid
    Member

    I’m being scraped by a new splogging site:
    http://www.wpbloggers.com/

    Anyone else noticing this?
    Interestingly, it seems to be *very* like wordpress.com

    the one nabbing me is girl.wpbloggers.com

    #153129

    I tried to look at girl dot wp etc etc and all that came up was a blank page with the words Coming Soon.

    #153155

    membracid
    Member

    huh. It’s working for me–did you use http://girl.wpbloggers.com/ ?

    Perhaps only girls can see it? :D

    #153170

    debtsucks
    Member

    Yeah, I’ve been hit by others with that same exact format going on – it’s splogging all the way.

    #153208

    lloydbudd
    Member

    The site appears to be hosted in the USA by Steadfast Networks, so you should be able to get a timely and apprepriate response. If you are the copyright holder of content that is being posted there without permissions and outside of fair use, I recommend contacting (email redacted) with a DMCA notice.

    #153209

    membracid
    Member

    Thanks!
    Personally, I don’t think it’s fair use if they use my content for a commercial purpose (driving traffic to a splog)–even if it’s 50 words and a link.

    Anyone else know if there are any legal guidelines?

    #153212

    timethief
    Member

    The legal guidelines have been posted previously. They are in the forum searchbox but I have these links on hand.
    http://www.copyscape.com/plagiarism.php
    http://www.copyscape.com/resources.php
    http://www.google.com/dmca.html

    The bottom line is that if you want something to be done then you have to do the doing in the way that foolswisdom suggests – contacting (email redacted) with a DMCA notice.

    #153213

    membracid
    Member

    I thought I had seen Laureli posting on it somewhere–thanks!

    #153214

    timethief
    Member

    This is probably what you mean it’s Lorelle’s post called
    What to do when someone is stealing your content.

    #153217

    membracid
    Member

    Gah! yes, mangled her name. Sorry Lorelle!

    #153218

    timethief
    Member

    Not to worry – she’s good stuff and would just laugh it off.
    Best wishes BTW :)

    #153219

    wpbloggers
    Member

    Hey guys. I am the owner of wpbloggers.com. We have recently been swamped with bots signing up for accounts and splogging. (you can thank Eli at bluehatseo for that!) We have disabled sign ups and implemented an automated abuse system on the bottom of every post. It’s simple and easy to do. Please use this system or email us directly at abuse (at) wpbloggers.com rather then hassling the nice guys at steadfast (I recommend them if you need hosting).

    #153237

    matthewpoer
    Member

    I have also been scrapped by such a site: church dot wpbloggers dot com.

    wpblogger owner, I just wonder about why exactly you want my email address. Compiling a database, maybe? Call me paranoid, but I am not putting my email in the form n a massive web site used primarily for splogging. My email address is easy enough to find, and I already get plenty of spam for that, but I’m not just going to give it to you like that.

    #153239

    jamesewelch
    Member

    I’ve also been scrapped. Everyone should just send an email to (email redacted) as foolswisdom suggested.

    Who should people contact when a WP.com hosted blog is copying content from other blogs? Should it just be reported as a splog?

    #153241

    Who should people contact when a WP.com hosted blog is copying content from other blogs? Should it just be reported as a splog?

    Report the wordpress.com blog that is stealing content to staff http://wordpress.com/contact-support/
    Blogs with spam or illegal content are removed.
    Our DMCA Notice can be viewed here: http://automattic.com/dmca

    #153242

    wpbloggers
    Member

    James Welch –> Why don’t you just email (email redacted) and try to get wordpress.com taken offline like your doing to our service??

    matthewpoer — Email is not required, but when I review a dispute where someone claims that they wrote a blog first, I need an email to reply to. When it’s a blatant splog it isn’t needed.

    #153243

    @wpbloggers
    I’ll give you a chance. I just emailed you about the scraping of my site. Since I use the “summary” in my RSS feed, what is on the corresponding wpbloggers site are just a few sentences from my posts, but I want it removed. I don’t want to have to do this again.

    #153244

    wpbloggers
    Member

    Gone. (man that was an ugly blog too :) )

    #153245

    Thank you and yes it was. I trust it won’t come back.

    #153246

    raincoaster
    Member

    So, the situation is that wpbloggers.com is a WordPress MultiUser install like WordPress.com? Then it makes sense to deal with you rather than with the ISP.

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