During the recent Bitacle Battle of Blogs, the Stopbitacle.org 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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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="http://example.com/mycopyrightpage/" title="Blog Copyright Policy"> <img src="http://example.com/graphics/copyright.jpg" alt="Copyright Protected" /> </a>
- 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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- The Bitacle Battle of Blogs
- How To Spot a Splog
- Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs
- Blogs That Look Like Blogs But Ain’t – Splogs
- One Year Anniversary Review: Splogs – The Dark Side of Blogging
- What are Feeds?
- Digital Fingerprints Help Track Blog Content Theft
- AntiLeech Splog Stopper: Fighting Back Against Content Thieves
- Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Infringements
- The Growing Trends in Content Theft: Image Theft, Feed Scraping, and Website Hijacking
- Copyrights and the Blogger: Protect What is Yours
- Biggest Copyright Infringement in the World But Nobody Cares Enough
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