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Applaud Those Who Warn You: Your Blog’s Content Is Being Stolen

I’ve seen a huge jump in the number of bloggers stunned that they, little blogs on the blogosphere map, are having their content stolen and abused through their feeds. Over and over they say the same thing: “I thought only the top bloggers got their content stolen.”

BULL.

The joke about size doesn’t matter applies to blogs. Some splog scrapers don’t care about who you are, what you blog about, or how “big” your blog is. They grab what they can, when they can. And they republish it as theirs or as if they have your permission to republish. They are using and abusing your hard work and making money on it.

They are winning the battle because you don’t care enough about your blog and your writing to check regularly to see if your blog content is stolen. And when you find your blog’s content has been stolen or your copyright abused, they expect you won’t do anything about it. After all, it’s up to the big bloggers to fight back, right?

WRONG.

Content theft can hit anyone. Big, little, talking about politics, religion, sex, drugs, rock and roll, technology, porn, movies, music, television, work, shopping, fads, celebrities, anime, games, cartoons, horse sex, school, teachers, parents, children, programming, it doesn’t matter. Every blogger is a potential victim of content theft or feed scraping, and your hard written and generated blog content could be being ripped off right now.

Even Plagiarism Today got ripped off bitacle. Talk about a blog you do not want pissed off when you are stealing blog content!

In a future post, I will be talking more about what you can do to help put a stop to scamming splogs like bitacle, but for now, check out What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content, The Growing Trends in Content Theft, and Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Infringements to help you get started. If you have a WordPress blog, check out Digital Fingerprints Help Track Blog Content Theft and/or AntiLeech Splog Stopper: Fighting Back Against Content Thieves.

Applaud Those Who Warn You That Your Blog Content Is At Risk

What I want to do today is cheer on all those online heroes of ours who are doing something about stopping splogs. We need to link to them, applaud them, and speak out on their behalf as much as our own.

These are the folks who have publicly or anonymously told the world that they are being ripped off and spread the word that your blog could be ripped off by content thieves, scrapers, and splogs. They have joined together in a great chorus shouting:

What’s mine is mine and we will stop you stealing our content!

They have told their blog audiences that their writing, photographs, poetry, and stories belong to them and they want control over how it is used. If the original author wants to use them to make money, fantastic, but if you take our hard work and use it to make money while expending little or no effort of your own, without our permission, and not sending any money our way, we’ll put a stop to your evil ways.

One of the new heroes is Stopbitacle.org, started by a WordPress.com volunteer who decided to bring the bitacle battle to public attention and collect information, tips, and techniques for stopping splogs like bitacle.

The problem is that the fight doesn’t begin or end with Stopbitacle.org. We need to work together to stop all sploggers who scrape our feeds and use our content as theirs, making money, getting into search engines, and using our effort for their income.

Working on that fight are more of my online heroes: SplogSpot, Splog Reporter, and Fighting Splogs bloggers.

Here is a list of some of the fighting-against-splogs heroes I’ve found who are sharing their stories of how they have been ripped off by slogs, especially by bitacle, and what they are doing to put a stop to it:

Have you or someone else spoken out about copyright infringement, copyright violation, or content theft? Want to add them to the list? Who are your heroes who helped you discover your blog’s content had been stolen? Let the heroes be publicly applauded! Their work spreading the word helps make everyone aware of the risk and together we can put a stop to splogs.

stoptheftred2.gifAnd expand your range to hand out visible public notices to those who want to steal your content that it is not available for the taking with some Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges.

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17 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2006 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    in internet, who you are doesn’t matter, but what you write does matter

  2. Posted October 12, 2006 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Nice post – have written about it many times too. Here’s one that I wrote a while ago – hope it’s of use to someone.

  3. Posted October 12, 2006 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I’ve written about Bitacle a few times over the past couple weeks, and am still researching their methods. http://www.planetmike.com/journal/?s=bitacle

  4. Posted October 12, 2006 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    thanks lorelle for the citation.

  5. Posted October 12, 2006 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you for mentioning me. I found out about all this through Kvetch blog ( http://www.orthoticcontessa.com ) because she put a rather eye catching button on each post to be scraped into and displayed on Bitacle’s site every time they steal from her.

  6. Posted October 12, 2006 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Those “eye catching buttons” to stop bitacle come from Stopbitacle.org.

  7. Posted October 12, 2006 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know anthing about Tailrank? I found an entire post of mine on their site http://tailrank.com/600259/Almost-Over-For-The-Combating-Autism-Act How is what they are doing any different than Bitacle?

  8. Posted October 12, 2006 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    As another feed aggregator, Tailrank’s About page justifies their copyright violations like this:

    When a story appears on the front page we only show a summary but when viewed on individual permalink pages we try to show the full-content of the story (when available).

    This functions similar to a normal RSS aggregator like Bloglines, Newsgator, or Rojo. We try to give the user control over how they want to view the story if the original blog is republishing the full content of their posts.

    If you don’t want Tailrank publishing your full-content RSS feed you simply revert back to using a summary RSS feed. Note that if you’re upset that Tailrank is indexing your feed you should also be worried about all existing aggregators.

    We may be shipping a feature which will allow us to individually toggle certain weblogs to always use a summary post even if they’re publishing a full-text RSS feed. Right now though this is a low priority feature since not many people have requested it.

    Well, folks: START REQUESTING THEY STOP.

    You have the right to set your feeds to any form or format you want. It’s your choice. They have no right to take your feed without permission. They do, however, have a little right to make “fair use” of your feed content, which limits usage to 100-500 words, give or take, depending upon YOUR copyright policy, not any policy of theirs. Full content use, feed or otherwise, violates most copyright policies.

    This is what I mean when I say that these places succeed because they think you don’t care about your content’s rights. CARE!

  9. Posted October 12, 2006 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for linking to me!!! I hope we can all work together to stop these bad guys.

  10. Posted October 12, 2006 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I would like to thank you for your continued efforts to inform and educate bloggers about this pervasive, yet amazingly unheard of issue. It’s important for us to get the word out, and it helps to have a resource as comprehensive as your blog to point folks to. I will continue to email Mr. Glez daily (if nothing else, I can annoy the fool out of him) post his name and contact information periodically, and include the warning in all my posts until he is stopped.

  11. Posted October 16, 2006 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, my Bitacle tips are here:

    http://plainjanemom.com/tag/bitacle/

    I hope someone finds them useful!
    Jane

  12. Posted October 24, 2006 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link Lorelle. :)

  13. Posted December 20, 2006 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    An interesting read Lorelle. Thanks for the post :)

  14. Posted January 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    After discovering someone stealing my content I wrote a post about it and ever since have gotten a couple of email messages from the low-life claiming he didn’t know any better and asking me to delete my post. No way am I going to delete that post.

    I’m actually going to write another post on the topic of content thieves, not because anyone is currently doing it (at least not that I’ve become aware of), but to draw more attention to this pathetic behavior. I’m also going to link to this post, and borrow one of those badges mentioned in your post for my upcoming post, and I’m going to link to your discussions on this topic. In my opinion, ignorance is no excuse. Especially since his next post on the very same topic was his own original work. That twit must think I’m totally dense. :)

  15. Posted January 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    @ Lin:

    I applaud your decision to publicize your battle with content theft, and to promote the proper and legal methods of stopping it, however, your “thief” is right. You should remove links to the offending post and content now that the issue has been rectified. You can be held libel for defamation and other nasties for continuing to point fingers. This is why take no revenge is emphasized so heavily in my popular article, What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content.

    Ignorance is no excuse. We’re all taught that it’s not nice to cheat and copy in grade school Some people think that because the web is “free” everything on it is also. Thank you for helping to spread the education around, but do take care. This person does have the right to bring more serious charges against you that exceed the damage done by copyright infringement. Include that in your next post on the subject.

  16. Posted October 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    It is not that I don’t care, heck I care because I put a lot of work into my blog and I post a heck of a lot of artwork up there. I see my stuff stolen via feeds but I have to tell you my energy to fight it isn’t there. There’s a online magazine that published one of my poems, it angers me beyond belief but the energy to fight it isn’t there.

    Not everyone can take this on but when those who can take it on do they help not just themselves but those who are not able to fight at this time. This isn’t called letting someone else do all the work but reap the benefits, it’s called I am not able to but if you can please do and I will be very grateful for your hard work.

    So please, if you can use your voice in this fight do so but know there are some of us that are taxed to the limit and are not able to take on this particular fight at this time.

    Sincerely and Gratefully,
    Austin of Sundrip Journals


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