Please pardon this departure from my normal fluffiness, but I’m feeling a tad cranky.
If you are reading this post on any site that does not have “tippytoediet” in its URL, then you’re most likely reading stolen content.
If you are reading this post on a site with the words “thighs” and “thinner” in its URL, then you are definitely reading stolen content. The owner of that site has been contacted by yours truly numerous times since November 2009 and is no longer responding to cease and desist requests. GoDaddy and AdSense have also been notified of this copyright infringement, which is in violation of their stated policies, not to mention a direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and International Copyright Law.
And a certain indicator of bad breeding.
Sharing content around the blogosphere is absolutely acceptable, with proper attribution. It’s how we share information and learn about other blogs. The more appropriate way to do it is to post a blurb about the article of interest and then provide a direct link to the original content. It is a great big no-no to publish other bloggers’ content in its entirety and present it as your own without express written permission. (Most people add “posted with permission” or words to that effect.).
If you’re a blogger whose content is being scraped onto a just-for-profit blog, there are steps you can take to stop the offender. The folks at NetConcepts.com have compiled a very useful article on how to stop copyright infringement. (See how easy that is?)
An easy way to find out if your content is being published elsewhere is to include the name of your blog in each of your posts or RSS feeds and then set up a google alert with your blog name in it.(You’ll want to put the name of your blog in quotes, like this: “The Tippy Toe Diet” to make it an absolute reference.) You can set your alert to notify you with each occurrence, daily, or weekly.
So, Mr. Content Thief, let’s see if you scrape this post as you have done with all my posts since November 2009. As you do with the posts of many other bloggers.
Thank you, lovely readers, for your patience in allowing me to take care of this little bit of annoyance. I’ll be back tomorrow with my normal fluffy, perky self. Or as close as I can get on a Monday.