Stolen Work

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  • #2802485

    amcopeland1
    Member

    I opened an email from this site saying a comment had been posted to one of my articles. When I clicked the link, it took me to some weird site where my entire article had been copy-pasted. This site looks very sketchy and I’m not sure how to get in touch with anyone to get this taken care of. Can someone tell me what I should do?

    The blog I need help with is auspiciousjinx.wordpress.com.

    #2802613

    timethief
    Member

    See this support doc please:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/copyright-infringement-what-to-do/
    Use this form http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/

    For the record copyright violations are Terms of Service Staff issues that are not dealt with here on the public peer support forums. That’s why Volunteers provide relevant links and then tag thread like these threads for closure.

    Best wishes.

    #2802658

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @amcopeland1 From your description, it sounds like a reblog to me. If someone had just copied/pasted your article into their site, you likely would not have received such a notification from WordPressdotcom. Reblogs on other WordPressdotcom sites however do ping the site they’ve been reblogged from.

    If that doesn’t seem like what you are referring to, please let me know.

    #2802693

    kikiorleans
    Member

    I’d like to jump in with a question here – I thought I read somewhere on WP that you could report blogs that create no own content but just reblog other people’s content. Does anyone know if that’s the case?

    I keep being reblogged by someone despite my pics being watermarked with © etc, having a copyright notice and a “do-not-wish-to-be-reblogged” page but they keep doing it and don’t react to my comments to remove my posts from their blog.
    Or would this already be a case for DMCA?

    #2802695

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    To the best of my knowledge, Reblogging is covered in the WordPressdotcom Terms of Service (under responsibility of contributors) about giving the service a license to promote your posts through reblogging. I don’t know if anything has changed as how Staff consider sites that post only reblogs and no original content, but I’m happy to tag this for a Staff reply.

    #2802701

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Hi there,

    @amcopeland1

    What is the URL of the site and the link of the specific post on that site that has been copied from yours? Reblogs are not considered content theft, as it only posts an excerpt of your post on the other site with a link back to the original post. You can disable that feature at any time from My Site ->Sharing ->Buttons

    @kikiorleans, @justjennifer

    I’m not aware of any specific policy regarding sites that only reblog, but I think the terms of service team handle those on a case by case basis. If you come across a site like that you’re welcome to report it via the action bar, and they’ll investigate.

    I keep being reblogged by someone despite my pics being watermarked with © etc, having a copyright notice and a “do-not-wish-to-be-reblogged” page but they keep doing it and don’t react to my comments to remove my posts from their blog.

    Reblogging is considered fair use in terms of copyright as it only posts an excerpt with a link back to the original, and you gave permission for your posts to be shared that way when you accepted the WordPress.com terms of service. You have the fullest right to ask people not to reblog, but it’s up to them whether they’ll respect that or not.

    But as I also mentioned above, you can disable the reblog feature on your site at any time and no one will be able to reblog your posts. Any posts already reblogged should become blank on the sites where they’d been shared.

    #2802706

    kikiorleans
    Member

    @kokkieh – I have deactivated the reblog button about a year ago, but as it’s still visible in the WP Reader when you publish a post, I’m assuming the person reblogs directly from the reader.

    The reblogs are:
    https://chefceaser.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/potato-onion-stuffed-portobellos-dinner-for-none/
    and
    https://chefceaser.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/amaretto-cream-apple-cake-dinner-for-none-2/

    #2802708

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Right. What’s happening there is not a reblog, but sharing directly from the Reader, similar to the Press This button that you can add to your posts.

    When someone clicks the reblog button a few things happen automatically. A new post is created and instantly published on the reblogger’s site, containing an excerpt and a link back to your post. Any media files that are embedded in the post are imported to the reblogger’s media library. They can add their own comment which will also appear along with the excerpt, but they have no ability to edit the excerpt itself. If they leave a comment, it will appear on your site with a mention that [user] reblogged this and commented. If you ever disable reblogs, the automatic excerpt will disappear, and only the post with their comment will remain.

    Reader sharing is a new feature that was introduced early this year. With this feature a new draft post is created on the other person’s site. This draft contains a short excerpt of your post with a link back to the original. The person can edit this excerpt, add their own commentary, set categories and tags, and publish the post whenever they want. Your images are not imported to their library, but we do show your featured image on the shared post by hotlinking to it. You don’t get a comment notification, just a pingback.

    While it sounds similar the difference is that the end result of Reader sharing is exactly the same as when someone went to your site, manually copied some text, created a new post, pasted the text there, and published. Using short excerpt of text with a link back to the original like this is allowed both in terms of our policies and in terms of copyright law, and there really is no way to prevent it short of setting your site to private.

    Yes, we make it easier for people to share content like this, but it’s sharing, not stealing. Stealing would be if someone copied your entire post and publish it as their own. Here at least people need to click on the link to visit your site to see the full post, so in the end it’s you who is getting the meaningful traffic.

    As for that site that only consists of shared and reblogged posts with no original content, that’s something for our terms of service team to decide about, as I mentioned above.

    #2802709

    kikiorleans
    Member

    @kokkieh OK, thank you for all the info. Then I’ll just bear that cross :-)

    #2802712

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @kokkieh- thanks for the clarification on the differences and for the info on what happens with media files. Bookmarked!

    #2802725

    timethief
    Member

    (She rolls here eyes skyward.) Bookmarked!

    #2802732

    kikiorleans
    Member

    @kokkieh – I’ve got a new one: what would you call this then? It’s too long to be both a share and a reblog, it has almost the whole post in it, less a few pictures, has no credit to my original post (except the link to another of my posts I used myself, so otherwise I probably wouldn’t even have gotten a pingback!)
    https://thewallofdefence.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/potato-onion-stuff-portobellos/

    #2802733

    kokkieh
    Staff

    That looks like someone just copied the entire post. It was not done via the Reader Sharing feature.

    In this case you’ll need to follow the steps in our copyright doc. As you’ll see there, we would need a valid DMCA takedown request to remove any content from a WordPress.com-hosted site if you’re unable to resolve it privately with the owner of that site. This isn’t something with which we can help in the forums.

    Copyright Infringement – What to Do

    #2802734

    kikiorleans
    Member

    @kokkieh – Thank you! Will do.

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