I do not condone this kind of thing at all - particularly this kind of website. I'm rather upset about it actually.
I have to go out now, but rest assured I will be doing everything I can on my return to do something much more positive about this. Any advice you can give me will be gratefully received.
Update - 5.30 pm 5th August and 3pm, 6th
Hi everyone - thanks to those of you who've stopped by with supportive comments today or emailed me directly. It's been much appreciated and needed. I'm also glad that I'm VP here rather than using my real name as this kind of thing makes me very nervous about identity theft. This is what I've found out/done so far:
- I've alerted everyone I'd linked to in the scraped post, just in case they get any unwelcome messages or links to their blogs. Hopefully one of them will also be able to trace the website's ISP as I haven't had anything come through on my webstats
- I can't trace the site from my own webstats because it's either one of the 'Unknowns' that crops up in there from time to time OR the content's been taken from one of the websites I feed into. Looking at their site I think it's the latter
- There's no link in my site's Technorati stats, so either the site hasn't taken the content directly from Veg Plotting, or it's not registered with Technorati
- I've checked out the site (yuk!) and it looks like it's in breach of Blogger's terms and conditions for adult content (there's no warning message re offensive content before entering the site, nor is there an offensive content flag on the site itself), so I've sent a formal complaint to Blogger (you can get to the relevant info via Blogger's Help). Yes, it's a blogspot site. Intriguingly one of the people I linked to has checked out the site (that's just the blogspot address only, not the direct link to my lifted post) and they've not got adult content, but loads of adverts for site optimisation instead
- I'm also going to complain to Blogger re breach of copyright (again you can get to the relevant info via Blogger Help), but there's quite a complicated process to go through (or at least it seems that way at the moment), before I can post my complaint off to California
- I've read up loads on copyright this afternoon and it seems rather a minefield. If they've scraped from a website that I happily feed into where do I stand re copyright? They've also linked back to me in acknowledgement of my authorship - is this enough to keep them immune from copyright breach complaints? I don't have a copyright notice on my blog, does that affect my complaint? Would it make any difference to any future content theft if I do put a copyright notice on here?
- Copyscape is pretty useless (or at least the freebie side of it is) since the advent of blogs taking feed content into their blogrolls. Your last 10 copies are bound to show just these. However, they do seem to have quite a lot of useful guidance for when this kind of thing happens, so I'll be using this site again as I plough on with trying to get something done about this situation. NB Try the URL of the actual post lifted as this may fall within the 10 returns - my offending post just returned 6, all of whom were bona fide feeds
- The Whois domain locator website (mentioned in the Copyscape blurb) isn't helpful in this instance, because the search looks for Blogger (the blogspot.com portion of the website address) rather than the actual website domain
- I need to investigate wholinkstome a bit more to see if this will help
- One of the recommendations for preventing content scraping says using lots of links in posts should help prevent it from happening. It may have helped lessen these events in the case of my blog, but as you can see it hasn't made me totally immune
- A lot of the advice re copyright breach says you should try to contact the offending party first to try and resolve the matter. In this instance I can't do that as there's no means of doing so from the offending website. I also don't think it's a good idea if I did so this time as I'm sure they'd then start contacting me directly with all sorts of 'offers'!
- I've also contacted some of you guys that I seem to recall have had this kind of problem in the past, to see if you have any advice for me. If I've left you out, it wasn't intentional and any help will be gratefully received!