I Have Been Violated!

Had a nasty shock just after lunch. I was looking through the spam in the old URL for this blog when I saw that one of it was a trackback and I decided to check out. The post was copied whole sale from my other blog. I felt violated. I wrote a short comment requesting an immediate removal of the post.

I will take more drastic measures if that post still exists by the end of today. Tried to look at ways to display a Creative Common License. I should put it up soon. Linking to me is fine, but copying 100% and claiming it as your own is not fine. No one likes it either. So, link!

Now, I shall go calm down and read up on how to take action when your posts and articles have been violated stolen .

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15 Responses

  1. chillycraps says:

    at least you have a trackback, my case I don’t even know how many of my text and images have been stolen!

    I think it is common when your readership increases. But then again, it is as good as violating intellectual properties.

    Calm down, take it as compliment that people like your contents. =P

  2. xinyun says:

    mmm that person is so ‘da dan’…

    *off to steal cc’s text* *grin*

  3. WishBoNe says:

    @Chillycraps
    Actually, Blogger has a trackback. They call it Backlink. Confusing, huh?

    @xinyun
    Erm, steal his text? lol. Oh, you’ve been tagged with my 12 layers. Hee

  4. Miss Loi says:

    I share your frustration. At the moment, I’m feeling violated too!

  5. Lorelle says:

    Good for you for taking action, and being able to detect a splog when you see one. Many mistake trackbacks (or back links) as legitimate, so it pays to check them out.

    Remember, if your copyright policy states clearly what you will allow or not allow for Fair Use of your blog content, check how the splogger is using your content to see if it is in compliance with your copyright. If it says they can use an excerpt, and you haven’t explained how much of an excerpt (400 words or 10% is becoming a standard for blog Fair Use), you have to be careful in accusing them.

    But if they are ripping the whole post content, you are totally in your rights to take them to task – to whatever task you want including contacting their host and having them shut down.

    How you detect splogs and copyright violation can be done through trackbacks, WordPress Plugins, and through searches. Search for something unique in your blog posts or on all of your blog posts. I’ve set up searches, tag feeds, and Google Alerts (email) for “Lorelle on WordPress”, a fairly unique combination, which then tells me who is using that term. Most are okay, but I often find splog scraping my content illegally that way.

    And good for you for fighting back. We need more of you! Just because it’s on the web, it isn’t free to take. Ask first. You might get a yes.

  6. xinyun says:

    heh ok :D

  7. DK says:

    Personally, I feel that it’s alright to copy if they credit you. That is what I feel lah. :D

  8. WishBoNe says:

    @Miss Loi
    There are always ways to fight back. I try to link back to my posts most of the time so that I know what’s the incoming links.

    @Lorelle
    I shall have to edit my terms on what can be copied on the blog. Thanks for letting me know on the excerpt part.

    @DK
    They didn’t credit me and just dump the whole chunk. So, I copy your post and dump it in mine and claim as mine. How would you feel?

  9. WokkingMum says:

    I understand how you feel. I have seen people posting my recipes in their blog a few days after they visit my blog. Just because they cook and post it with their own photo, they seems to think it’s their creation. Sigh.

  10. WishBoNe says:

    @WokkingMum
    I’m doing what I can, contact all the authors I can manage to find and put the URL via their comments. Hopefully, something will be done at the copycat site that just hauls whatever contents it thinks is its rights do dump the contents without any linkbacks.

    I rather they had link back to your post on where they found the receipes. It’s very rude because they don’t give the credits and claim they “invented” the receipe.

  11. uncle sha says:

    yup put a disclaimer or CCL badge

    i so kena copy my articles word for word so many times, i give up asking them to remove it

    gd luck in hunting down ur articles

  12. WishBoNe says:

    @uncle sha
    Well, most of them know that you won’t be suing their pants off, so they don’t remove them. I wonder if the compensation part works.

  13. Marc says:

    This is just one of those things you have to live with. I’ve been ripped off a few times. In the end I’ve noticed that my original post usually maintains a higher popularity over the rip-off version. It would be nice to somehow stop people from stealing, but that’s a lot easier said than done. Good luck though…

  14. WishBoNe says:

    @Marc
    It is easier said than done. You can always disable all the right clicks, screenshots but JavaScripts, CSS can always be turned off at the browser side so it’s a waste of your time trying to code them. The anger is there because it’s all your hard work and you hate being ripped off just because you let others read it for free.

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