It’s Not All Mary Poppins

These Guys are Called ‘Scrapers’, right?

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Remember the Bitacle mess? I’ve just been hit by another such group. The website is peruseme dot com, and I’ve found at least one of my posts, in its entirety, in the /parenting section.

Dadcentric is in there, too, and a tonne of Blogging Baby articles, along with a bunch of bloggers I’m not familiar with. Links are provided to the original article, so it’s not plagiarism, but it’s a clear violation of copyright.

Dorks.

February 13, 2007 - Posted by | random and odd

10 Comments »

  1. I missed the Bitacle mess…what happened?

    Comment by Redhead Mommy | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Oops. Meant to provide link to explanation before I posted. It’s in there now!

    Comment by MaryP | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. dude, i am SO sick of this crap.

    people need to get their GRUBBY paws off our writing!

    Comment by sassybelle | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. How do I copyright my stuff?

    Comment by Peter | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. My understanding of copyright in North America is that if it’s written by you and has a date on it, you own copyright. You can put a copyright symbol on your stuff, but that’s just restating the fact. You have copyright without it. But I admit my understanding could very well be flawed.

    There’s an excellent site which provides quality information on this subject, and can be found at http://www.plagiarismtoday.com. Here’s an article from that site which discusses how to protect your feed, which is how these guys get your stuff.

    Through that site, I found this other article on the same topic.

    Here’s an article on how to prove you own copyright to your work.

    It’s a great site. Solid information, presented clearly.

    Comment by Mary P | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. My understanding of the copyright law matches yours, with the addendum that actual enforcement of the law is left up to the writer or her/his agents. The ultimate recourse is to take someone to court, which is troublesome and expensive. Which means a lot of copyright violation occurs without consequences.

    Comment by addofio | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  7. Addofio: Agreed, frustrating as this may be. However, at least these people are crediting me, so it may benefit me indirectly – except that readers over there are getting the entire post. Now what I need to do is adjust my RSS feed so that they only get a snippet, and have to come HERE if they want more!

    Now I just need to find out how to do that…

    Comment by MaryP | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  8. The only problem with that, MaryP, is that it then disadvantages your genuine RSS readers – having a partial feed can often mean the difference of not bothering to read a whole post or not – you’re under much more pressure to make your post grabbing in those first few words.

    (I do always come to the pages on the site as my RSS reader is set up to just give me links rather than the feed content, as I like to see people’s page designs, but I know I’m unusual in that respect).

    Comment by Pewari | February 15, 2007 | Reply

  9. Copyright is very simple. Once you have created a work, it’s copyrighted. Period.

    Now you can have a Commons license or similar and allow use, reprints, etc. but w/o a release of some kind, one must assume that the policy is “hands off.”

    They’re thieves, plain and simple.

    We had a copyright article at TC as well:
    http://toasted-cheese.com/ab/05-06.htm
    The author is not just a writer/editor but has a law degree as well.

    Comment by Eden | February 15, 2007 | Reply

  10. Great Info, Thank You Mary P.

    Comment by Peter | February 21, 2007 | Reply


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