6.12.2006

Ya wanna steal my blog?

well, now, THIS is interesting!
It looks like some low life is swiping blog content, and republishing it (sans attribution of course) to get google ad hits.
Like DVD sales in the subway!
You know why the street vendors and the DVD sellers lay all their wares out on a blanket?
So they can grab it easily when they hear their partner's whistle that means "cops!".

It will be interesting to see how this one gets resolved.




(thanks Tessa for the link)

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since I've never been to that site before it may be new but the title of the article is a link back to the original blog site. It would good if they put the original authors name where it sould be seen without having to click through but really doesn't appear they're trying to outright claim it's theirs. Unless the hyperlinks in the title are new.

Erin said...

Well I'm a little confused. The blog that's linked in Miss Snark's article seems legit... and I didn't find any Google Ads on it. Even on the main website that she has outside of the blog there was no sign of Google Ads and the content didn't seem like something any sane person would *want* to plagiarize. Granted, I didn't read the entire website. I'm all for getting snarky at people stealing content, but what's the deal? What am I missing?

Anonymous said...

That's what I was thinking, anon 1. If I had rss for my blog, I'd be sending it to them.

Daphne Major said...

I think Brenda Coulter has handled it exceptionally well. She's turned their 'grab' into a free advertisement for her new book. Clever girl...

Anonymous said...

erin -- it took me a while, but I finally got it. Scroll down to Brenda's post from June 10 about her book. Read the text below the book ad.

Miss Snark -- here's a link that goes directly to the relevant post on Brenda's blog http://brendacoulter.blogspot.com/2006/06/great-read-family-forever.html

Sarah said...

Did you hunt around past the front page though? Then it starts to get pretty blatant. The "articles" aren't really articles, and have nothing to do with each other. It's just some people's random blog posts, out of context. Yes, it looks pretty. But it gives the impression that these "authors" are writing FOR this blog, when they are not. Many bloggers are paid to do exactly that. These people's work is being reprinted with just a link back, which gives the impression they are endorsing the site when the truth is, if they don't have a good hit counter they might not even know about it.

This particularly incenses me because a post of mine was stolen by one of this blog bots and posted on an "internet work from home" site. This seemed to happen simply because I had the three words "internet," "work," and "home" at various places in the post. It makes me mad because the site is some kind of scam and I don't advocate scammers, nor do I work from home apart from being a grad student and writing. In general I hate all sites that are meant to steal traffic without giving the public useful information. Have you ever done a Google search and come across those sites that look like a helpful link, only when you get there it's just a bunch of ads and keywords? I for one do not want to be associated with that crap.

Brenda Coulter said...

Thanks, Daphne. And thank you, Miss Snark, for linking to me.

To clear up any confusion, the post Ms. Snark is referring to was yesterday's. You can find it here. To learn what's so wrong about stealing RSS feeds without attribution, see the discussion in the comments.

Many thanks, everyone, for your interest. Best wishes to all.

diane s said...

Erin, read the post Miss Snark links to-- that blog IS legit, but the blogger has a site stealing her posts.

They're taking posts from all over the web and using them without permission, in order to generate ad revenue.

Lacks class at the very least...

FatCharlatan said...

Here's a great tool (and it's free) called CopyScape. Simply type in your website or blog address, and it will instantly tell you if anyone is lifting any of your content.

Here's the link: CopyScape

Anonymous said...

Jeeze--I didn't know THIS was going on! Those creeps suck like a big sucky thing.

Recently I had two bloggers into online role-play who were using MY characters in their game. Their blogs were (badly) written from my characters' POV and since my books are all in 1st person I was bloody furious about it. They had the "we mean no copyright infringement" c%%p and gave me credit for the characters, but my book contracts have a clause about that sort of thing. If I spot infringement and don't do anything about it my publisher could sue me.

Thankfully the blog host had an efficient complaints dept. Once I proved I was the copyright owner the blogs vanished and the game masters very kindly put my name & characters on a "do not use" list.

Fair use was not in operation. One player actually posted several pages of a key scene from one of my books up as that day's entry. No review, critique or explanation--it was nothing less than a big fat plot spoiler presented in such a way as to make it seem that she'd written it herself. (Grr.)

But blog theft is a whole new worry on my Internet plate. Now I'm going to be thinking twice about whether to continue mine.

Thank you for the warning!

pamela said...

Most disturbing.

You've probably received spam that includes jokes, snippets from books, and such to confound spam filters with simulated content. I was alarmed to receive a spam two years ago that was an astounding 7,200-word excerpt from someone's blog. Not an article, but personal stuff of the "who I like, who I love, and what me and my friends ate, drank, smoked, played, and watched" variety. Yikes.

Jen said...

That totally bites. Great job in response, Brenda Coulter. It's not even mean. Free advertisement for all the "articles" they've stolen.

domynoe said...

You know, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the blogs being stolen would have given permission if they had actually been ASKED. And it would be common courtesy to do so, especially since money is involved here.

But, unfortunately, common courtesy seems to be a rare thing these days. Especially when compared to the opportunity to make a buck.

I did find it interesting that the articles Coulter links to indicates that many are trying this under the Creative Commons License. The piece they are missing, however, is that the person creating the content is the one to determine the licensing, not the one who wishes to use it. If there's no Commons license listed on the site, then there's no Common license to actually use the content.

(And if this is a rambled, nonsensical post, I apologize. Rapidly forming migraine.)

Mirym K. said...

I like how the offending site's url can be read as "All women stalk."

Linda Adams said...

I've had the same thing to me. My Rolling Thunder blog was posted on a real estate blog. I don't know--maybe they're getting paid for hits?

jhlvsd said...

Beware! There is a trojan virus on the site that my (brand new bought it today)virus scanner picked up. Legit or not, I wouldn't mess with it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Miss Snark,
When I first read this post, I thought that you were directing us to a site that had stolen from your blog content. I read through Brenda Coulter's page, couldn't find what looked like stolen content, but saw a nice note thanking Miss Snark for linking to her page.

Fortunately I then read the comments on your page and realized it was Miss Coulter's blog content that was stolen.

Miss Snark, please remember that you have nitwits and clueless among your readers, who are also zipping through your blog (so we don't get caught at work on this "unproductive" stuff!). Some of us are less informed about who's who in the literary/publishing world. We don't know the good guys from the bad right off. We're not even all that on top of the blogosphere.

And you do us a great service by helping us out. And now I realize that Miss Coulter has been ripped off and Miss Snark is on Miss Coulter's side and appropriately snarky at the thieves. Thanks.

Julia said...

Brenda Coulter was a lot classier than I would have been.

I would have ranted about the site.

Ballpoint Wren said...

It's a splog. They rip stuff off the RSS feed generated by your blogging software.

You get more readers by having an RSS feed, but this is one of the drawbacks. You can complain to the splogger's host. I successfully shut down one splogger that way.

Nienke said...

Interestingly, I went to the "About Program" page and clicked on some of the commenters' links. The links are not for people or blogs, they are advertising SPAMMY sites (like Zoloft, auto insurance, and toner)! The only links that are true are of people complaining about the site stealing the copy they use.
Fake comments to top it off? Hmmm.

jude calvert-toulmin said...

Thanks for the warning and the link to Brenda's blog, which looks like a really well written and illustrated blog from first view.

Fatcharlatan - thanks for the link to Copyscape.

Brenda Coulter said...

Again, Miss Snark, thanks for posting about my problem. I wanted to let you know that All Women's Talk has finally stopped hijacking my blog's RSS feeds. That might have something to do with the fact that I started embedding "Originally posted at No rules. Just write." at the beginning of each post. But I wouldn't be surprised if your Snarklets (almost 1,200 of whom visited my site) gave the slimeball (I'm finished being polite to that guy) such a scare that he decided my posts just weren't worth the trouble.

He hasn't removed my old posts from his blog, but at least he has stopped picking up the new ones. He's now officially off my radar screen.

I'd like to thank all of the Snarklets who have said nice things about me and my blog and who have been outraged on my behalf. You people rock.