Monday, June 09, 2008

Stop, thief!

The thieves over at knittingclub.org have decided to steal three of my last four blog entries (if not many more in the past) and repost them wholesale. I'm far from the only person who is getting my content stolen. The site looks to be nothing but purloined writing.

Conveniently there is no contact information whatsoever on the page. From examining the page source information, I could see that the person (or persons) are using Wordpress. I tried contacting them via the spam abuse form, but it wouldn't go through as Wordpress doesn't host the site. (It did direct me to the Whois page, which doesn't appear to offer helpful info to me.) I used the regular form for Wordpress to send a question, so we'll see if that goes anywhere.

If there's anyone out there more tuned in on these things, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I've posted about this in a couple Ravelry forums. The old thread in "Needlework on the Net" hasn't yielded any responses, but there have been a couple in the Blogging forum. (The designer of the Asherton Reversible Scarf has been facing the same problem with the site in question, so it's not just small potatoes sites like mine.)

The irony is that this post will probably end up being swiped too. If you're reading this there, you aren't supposed to be able to.

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6 Comments:

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Yes, they have. Jerks. Why do they do that?

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Oh, but they did put your name on the bottom...

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger the secret knitter said...

They give "credit" for all of the entries, as far as I can tell, but that doesn't excuse the outright theft of the writing and photos. And of course this post is up there too. Obviously it's being done via automation. The tough question is how to stop it.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger quantumtea said...

Hit them in the wallet. They stole my posts too.

I posted about this on Ravelry today in this thread because I found a few ways to fight back:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/blogging/90703/1-25#17

I've reported them as a spam blog to Google, and to Google Adsense.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Grrr! I would be mad! I hope you can stop it.

 
At 5:19 AM, Blogger Ruth's Place said...

As far as I can tell the blog has been deleted now - I'm coming to this a few days late.

 

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