Blog writing doesn’t come easy to me. My worst subject at school was English. I loved maths and the science subjects.
So writing a blog post is NOT a small quick job for me. But I put the effort in and come up with some good posts (well I think so!).
Now what really gets me annoyed is when someone (i.e. a content thief) comes along and takes a copy of your blog post and publishes the exact same post on their site and pretends it is theirs.
That…to me is theft.
And over the holiday period I have come across numerous sites that have done just that with the blog posts on this site and my Manager Skills site.
One site was taking a copy of all my blog posts on this site and listing them as their own. No other blog posts – just mine!
The first thing to do when you find this sort of thing happening is to find the owner of the site.
Normally these content thieves add the ‘private’ clause to domain registration and it makes it a little harder to find them.
I used the whois facility and they hadn’t used the private clause but what they had done is complete all the registration information with made-up names and an incorrect email address.
But Whois did give me the name of the hosting company.
I wrote to them informing them of the theft.
Plus I wrote to Google. Well when I say wrote to Google, I had to fax them a DMCA letter.
The hosting company wrote back and also asked for a copy of the DMCA.
I then had to inform both Google and the hosting company of every single URL which had been copied plus the original.
There were 43 in total.
After a few days, the site was no longer available.
Yipee! My hard work had paid off!
Two days later the site was back!
I checked on the Whois database again.
There was a new hosting company involved.
The content thief had moved to a new hosting company to get around the fact that the original hosting company had removed the site.
Meanwhile Google replied and stated they had removed the relevant url’s.
I wrote to the new hosting company. They instantly took the site down and it has been unavailable for over a week now.
Hopefully that is the end of that one.
I am following up on 2 other cases.
One site has copied only one of my blog posts.
The second site has not only copied my blog posts but numerous others from other blogs as well.
Again there are no details on the Whois database.
But I have made contact with them via their website contact pages and their Twitter accounts. No replies as yet.
Later this week I shall be writing to Google again and the hosting companies to get the sites taken down.
Have you ever had to deal with content thieves? What action did you take?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.