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Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges

No commercial use of content from this blog permitted for use anywhere, anyhow, including feedsDuring the recent Bitacle Battle of Blogs, the was started and Stop Bitacle buttons showed up on blogs all over the web. Unfortunately, stopping bitacle, a splog that scrapes your blog’s feed content without permission, is just the top of the splog ice berg.

To scrape the whole ice berg of content theft, I’ve put together some buttons you are free to use to spread the word against content theft. These buttons, however, don’t work alone. You have to make them work for you.

To use these, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Display Your Copyright Policy: Make sure your blog’s copyright policy and statement is up-to-date and clearly visible. You can learn more about the various copyright policies from Creative Commons. You can put a copyright notice in your sidebar, on your about page, or on every post you write. Your copyright notice can be linked to your copyright policy from a text link, a self-made copyright icon, a Creative Commons icon, or one of the icons below.
  2. Copy and Save Button or Badge: Copy and save any of these Stop Content Theft buttons or badges to your own blog’s site. Do not hotlink to them here!
  3. Link to Your Copyright Policy: Post the button or badge on your blog wrapped in a link to your copyright policy page. It’s your copyright policy, so use the graphics to link to it and tell the world what you will or will not allow done with your published content. An example of such a link with the graphic would be:
    <a href="" title="Blog Copyright Policy">
    <img src="" alt="Copyright Protected" />
  4. Tell the World: Tell the world that your blog’s content is available for reading, via feed or otherwise, when it comes directly from you. Anyone who republishes your blog content beyond fair usage (excerpts approximately 100-500 words) is violating your copyright. Anyone who republishes your blog content beyond fair usage on any website featuring ads, called “commercial use”, may also be violating your copyrights. Let the world know what your copyright policies are and that you will not stand for anyone stealing your blog’s content or income.

If your blog is being scraped by a spam blog (splog), until your Cease and Desist complaint gets you a response, put one of these buttons on your posts so they show up in their stolen feeds. The splog may have trackbacks turned on, which will trigger a trackback to your copyright page, letting you know your content has been posted without your permission.

Let the world know you will not stand by and let others steal your content and make money with it. Especially if you don’t.

These buttons and badges are meant to remind you that your content is yours to protect. To motivate you to take action and protect your blog’s content publicly. They are also a reminder to others that your content is yours. You own it. You decide how it is used.

You are free to use these however you like. Edit them, recolor them, resize, do whatever you want. If you choose to make your own buttons and badges to alert your blog reader’s to your copyright policy and the potential for content theft, you can use any graphics program or one of the online tools featured in Buttons, Bows and Badges for Your Blog.

I’ve grouped them into JPGs, transparent GIFs, and PNG graphics. Edit them, play with them, colorize them, or have fun with them. Just spread the word and stand up for your copyrights, verbally and graphically.

JPEG/JPG Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges


GIF Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges

These GIF images have a transparent background. They will show any background colors behind the image.


PNG Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges


GIF Ask First For Permission Buttons and Badges


PNG Ask First For Permission Buttons and Badges


JPG Ask First For Permission Buttons and Badges


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  1. Posted October 13, 2006 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    These are great Lorelle. Thanks for your hard work! I will be adding them to my sites.

  2. Posted October 13, 2006 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this!! The graphics are great… Going to go create a copyright policy page for my blog right now.

  3. Posted October 13, 2006 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Do you mind if we put them all in a post at stopbitacleorg? :o)

  4. Posted October 13, 2006 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Only if you expand Stopbitacle to Stop Content Theft. 😉 Widen the scope, my friend.

  5. Posted October 14, 2006 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Curious, if you are not making money on your blog… is it bad for someone to steal the content? They aren’t stealing any money, right? Just curious.

    Unfortunately, there is an unforeseen advantage of splogging… and that’s that there’s often a link back to your site. Unfortunately (or fortunately) that winds up providing your blog with improved ranking with systems like Technorati and others that rank you based on how many people link to your blog.

    I’m not advocating splogging, it irritates me as well. This is simply a comment.


  6. Posted October 14, 2006 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Since search engines penalize recognized splogs, you are hurt by a splog linking back to you. Copyright has nothing to do with income.

    There are NO advantages to splogs. They do the web no good in any way. Link backs hurt you. Splogs waste time, waste bandwidth, and waste space. They make for extra work for blogging, hosting, and search engine services. They add to the cost of everything web, so cheap and easy access is getting harder to find. Splogs promote and encourage the illegal use of content, making the web an evil place in which to blog.

    People are cutting off feeds or using summaries or excerpts only. Comment spammers are making bloggers cut off easy access to their comments by forcing commenters to jump through hoops and undergo torture tests in order to leave a comment.

    We need to work together to bring the open community and fair play to the blogosphere and fight against the evil doers. Before the fun is gone. We can’t let the bullies win.

  7. Posted October 15, 2006 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    At the moment, is the worst, or only brutal thief of many blogger’s content. They are an example, just as stopbitacleorg is. Every splogger should understand that their art of abuse can not go unnoticed.

    The world is my scope, dear Lorelle. It’s a world where sploggers are a reality. One of them has a name. A name which should ring a bell: be warned!

  8. Posted October 15, 2006 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    You are among my top heroes for helping to spread the anti-bitacle word!

    There are also many who think that the Internet Archive is one of the largest copyright thieves around, though little is being done to stop them as they are considered “educational” and “preservation”, even though they do grab your content without your permission. It’s a very fine line they walk.

    I’m sure you’ve also checked out the list of sploggers on SplogSpot, Splog Reporter, and Fighting Splogs. It is absolutely frightening how many spam blogs are out there grabbing our content. Right now, bitacle is the fad, but creeps of all sizes are out there. With the awareness of the bitacle battle, hopefully bloggers will uncover content theft elsewhere as they become more educated, and help put a stop to those, too.

    I keep wondering about the sploggers who are stealing our content with translation software, so we don’t know what is out there because we don’t speak the language. I’ve found some of my articles on splogs in Spanish, German, and Italian! But only because they turned up in search engines when I searched for a few key words they had left in English.

    Thanks for being on our team to fight back against the monsters on the web!

  9. justme
    Posted October 30, 2006 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Hope it’s not too late to chime in here.

    Would Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter Plugin for WordPress be helpful against these sploggers (assuming it still works)?

    I had it bookmarked

  10. Posted July 13, 2007 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    thank you for these graphics!

  11. Posted August 20, 2007 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I’d like to post your article on my blog and refer people back to your instructions on handling stolen content.

    I do have a question though. We do a lot of article posting and we always use a bio box that says that you are free to use the content and don’t need permission as long as you keep the entire article and bio intact.

    Have you considered doing that for your blog posts? it helps the viral nature tremendously. =-)

    Please let me know as soon as possible as I don’t want to forget…great tips!

    Melanie Benson Strick
    The Entrepreneur’s Success Coach

  12. Posted August 20, 2007 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    My copyright policy says clearly that nothing is to be used on this site anywhere, for the exception of Fair Use, which I’ve set to 10% or 400 words, without express permission.

    So, you are not free to use the content and I do appreciate you asking. You may use a small excerpt and link to the information, but giving content away is your right, not my choice.

    If you copy such information from other sites and put a “bio” that says the content is free to use, then you may be violating copyrights for others. I’m sure you ask first.

    Not that you are abusing copyrights, but just be aware. I consider such “viral marketing” of duplicate content a disease, not a benefit on the web. And duplicate content issues with PageRank crosses sites, which may bite back soon. 😀

    I have, however, given permission on this specific article for anyone to DOWNLOAD these images and use them on their blog, without grabbing the whole thing. One or two images will suffice. No hotlinking, please.

    For more on the issue of copyright and copyright protection, see What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content. That might be worth pointing to, not copying, for your readers.

    And again, thanks for asking.

  13. Posted May 8, 2008 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I support!!

  14. Posted June 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Permalink


  15. Mario Pereira
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    I’ve been looking with great interest at your work here and I think it’s very important what you’re doing.
    I work with some photo sites and I find interesting the use of some of these buttons on the published images, like a watermark. What do you think about this?
    Best regards.

  16. Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    @ Mario Pereira:

    I think that adding watermarks with your copyright is good, but these buttons on images? It’s up to you. Try it, see if it helps inform and educate. It won’t stop the copyright violations but it reminds people that taking without permission is against the law.

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      THANK YOU! so glad i found this blog and have followed several suggestions, after the caseing of my work of course. more people need to know, as you say, “taking without permission is against the law.”

  17. Mario Pereira
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,
    Thanks for your feed-back.
    I was thinking in something like this (I used one of my photos for the example). Just trying to inform and educate, as you said.


  18. Posted October 31, 2008 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    @ Mario Pereira:

    Looks good. Neat effect. I recommend you use the GIF version or recolor the background so the badge blends into the background color at the edges. It works for me. 😀

  19. reatheryan
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    cool 😛

  20. Herstory
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Good news n’ Bad news: Unfortunately, I discovered your advice AFTER my copyrighted work was stolen. Fortunately, I thank my fellow writer buddy at Associated Content, “The Barefoot,” for leading me toward your marvelous investigative reporting! Thank you for all your generosity – I’m feeling much better now – Even though the goobers are still out there.

  21. Posted June 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you… I’ve had countless people try to steal my information and actually had 2 people use my content!

  22. Posted February 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Just had a major publisher publishing Artwork / Logo content which has been trademarked, servicemarked, & copywritten in 2008!!! It is being distributed through!!!
    Your information is right on the money!!!
    It added quite a bit of knowledge to my limited copyright knowledge, & has helped me chart a course of action to take in regards to these issues!!!
    I really would like to publicise who’s doing what; but am fully aware it could boomerang, & create
    problems in other legal areas!!!

  23. Posted April 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle – I added a badge to my site.

  24. Carlos Paesano
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you Lorelle. Your badge is very useful and saved me time to draw my own. I added it to my site. Great content featured on your blog. Congratulations!

  25. Katerina Michouli
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Many thanks Lorelle for these excellent “buttons, bows and badges for our Blogs”. I will be adding at least on of them to my site! But above all I want to thank you so much for sharing this excellent information!

  26. Posted September 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    You are my god. Thanks a lot.

  27. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I found out that one of my posts had been copied by another site without credit to me, so I went looking for information on how to deal with this. thank you very much for this post. I learned a lot today.

  28. Dana Welch
    Posted October 10, 2016 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Good day Lorelle,

    Presently, we are arranging mental health Clinical Trials for Geriatric and Veteran Suicide Prevention. We have created proprietary self-report evaluation and measurement inventories (scales). We have filed a copyright on the scientific theory. The US government requires human clinical trails must be filed with and approved by an institutional review board (IRB). Of course, we expect the VA/DoD to steal our clinical findings and all of our intellectual property (which we first shall trademark). We are of the opinion that if we conduct clinical trials and protect our intellectual property via registered trademark(s) and patent prior to VA/DoD trials, the government is less likely to steal it, per se.


    1. How can we minimize this from happening?
    2. Will you grant permission to use your FAN-TAS-TIC (web space) buttons?

    Lorelle, than you for the consideration.

    Dana Welch

    • Posted October 10, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      As noted in the article, these buttons are public domain and may be used without permission.

      There are very specific industry guidelines for managing the security of your work. Please check with the appropriate agencies for those policies. Also, ensure, as required by the government, your copyright, fair use, and reprint policies and set clearly.

      Good luck.

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