Checked your blog for content theft lately? While the Internet has become an essential part of our lives, it’s also a rip-off channel for blog crime and copyright infringement thieves who steal copyrighted material. People steal intellectual property when copying your blog content to their sites.
Sending threatening letters about copyright infringement to website and blog owners, their ISP’s and their domain registrars is time-consuming for legitimate bloggers and frequently ineffective in getting the thieves to remove your copyrighted material. Blog crime continues. (See Plagiarism Today or visit their Twitter site for actions you can take as a blogger commits copyright infringement.)
Blog crime can start with people who leave comments on your blog with a link back to their sites. Some of the more successful thieves populate their sites with content lifted from multiple blogs without giving credit to the original source.
Here are a few examples that recently appeared on this blog.
“Considerably, the post is actually the greatest on this precious topic. I agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your incoming updates. Saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the phenomenal clarity in your writing. I will directly grab your RSS feed to stay privy of any updates. Admirable work and much success in your business. dealings! Yes, Christmas is coming, probably faster than we want to think about,are you ready for it? Did you make some unique Christmas crafts? Making Christmas crafts is the most beautiful moment for waiting the Christmas to come.”
The comment regarded my post “Christmas Gift Giving in an Age of Guilt.” I doubt that bloggers like this one have any sense of guilt on the Internet or otherwise.
“It was a really nice theme! Just wanna say thank you for the selective information you have fanned. Just continue publishing this kind of post. I will be your patriotic reader. Thanks again.” (Yeah, sure, thanks a lot.)
“Very informative post. I’m learning more about how to play golf from your website, then I’ve ever did from even my own golf instructor. Hope it’s ok that I share this post on Facebook?”
This rip-off artist was commenting on my post Hurley Creates Golf Courses and Hope On Lost Islands, a piece I wrote about the TV series “Lost” and how Hurley, one of the main characters, suggested building a golf course so stranded people on the island would have some fun. Guess what this turd sells: golf clubs.
Like other bloggers, I welcome legitimate comments that create conversations in blogs. Interacting with your readers is one of the joys of writing a blog. But the blog crime thieves, who are too lazy to write their own blog material, lurk in the shadows of the Internet. They’re like wolves waiting for a juicy lamb to wander by and should be banned from the Internet.
One solution is to install code from a company called Tynt This free service monitors all copied content from your blog and attempts to create links on the offending sites.