My blog http://givingupcontrol.wordpress.com/ is being mirrored at http://givingupcontrol.wordprexy.com. Wordprexy is running adds off my blog content. In some cases the Wordprexy entry actually beats out my real blog entry in Google.
Does anyone know what Wordprexy is? Is this a pirate site?
Officially complain to WordPress.com your post above may be enough. And also contact http://givingupcontrol.wordprexy.com and ask them to stop or tell them about your copyrighted material.
Actually the copyright thing is a pretty serious offence in the USA and the punishment is pretty severe if caught.
Wordprexy appears to be a wordpress.org install that is exactly mirroring the other wordpress.com. Google and Technorati spiders recognize duplicate content in a negative light. If this is a blogscraper then assert your copyright. Contact the blogger and object to content theft.
There are many threads on blogscrapers in the forum searchbox. Many people are experiencing the same problem but it is not a wordpress.com problem due to rss feeds sploggers are having a rip-off field day. For reference: Here’s the link to Lorelle’s post on what to do if you do discover someone has been stealing your blog content http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/
“Officially complain to WordPress.com”
We cannot do anything.
Find their webhost and swamp them with emails / DMCA’s.
Noted for future!
I have found a thread http://talkingtails.wordpress.com/2007/09/11/what-is-wordprexy/ that implies that Wordprexy is authorized by WordPress. Can this really be true?
I think it means WordPress.org is the software while a host like Yahoo or whoever is the one hosting it.
mark, I’m unclear what your message (DMCA) means, even after reading the above-mentioned thread. Can you elaborate please?
My blog, with its pre-domain mapping upgrade-url, is mirrored there and up to the minute.
Go here to find more info on wordprexy.com
They’re in Istanbul, Turkey although their domain is registered through Yahoo.
You will find this covered in Lorelle’s post I put up the link to above.
The DMCA Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they promptly block access if they receive a notification from a copyright holder or their agent.
how to do DMCA notifications http://www.seologic.com/faq/dmca-notifications.php
WordPress.com is not in a position to do anything about this. The onus is on the bloggers to take the steps that Lorelle lays out very clearly in her post(s).
@julienne: Whilst it is always nice to thank Mark, you need to recognise that the bulk of the heavy lifting in the forum is done by volunteers. I very much doubt if any of your technical requirements are so sophisticated that they couldn’t manage. But your card has been marked.
Since they’re based in Istanbul, I wonder whether they’re mirroring wordpress.com in order to circumvent the Turkish block on the domain. Anyone know whether that block is still in effect?
Thanks all for the info and links. Istanbul puts a whole different slant on it for me. Will do nothing for now.
Here’s wordprexy’s explanation on the subject.
– Biyang Hansen
Oops – here is the permalink for their statement
Thanks for posting the links. I’ve been too busy to locate them …lol :D
I’m posting the disclaimer here for others who read this thread.
Disclaimer: WordPrexy is a WordPress-specific proxy server. It only mirrors the content; it does neither copy nor host any of the actual content found on WordPress.com. WordPrexy.com is not responsible from the material and content found in it’s sites and cannot be held liable for them.
Mark, you could block the access to the wordprexy servers just banning their IPs. It’s so hard to do that?
Is anyone making money from that Wordprexy site?
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