Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My work's been stolen

I logged on with the intention of blogging about receiving my copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours in the mail today. I was so excited to be able to join Tuesdays With Dorie.

Until, that is, I logged into my Technorati account and discovered that a (spam?) blog has been repeatedly ripping off my work.

At first I thought it was just aggregating various food blog posts, Technorati-style. Uh, no. Instead, the site just seems to be randomly stealing posts from around the foodie blogosphere.

With no contact information, owner information, or even an explanation of the point of the site -- I don't really know what to do. I've left a comment on the blog (subject to moderator approval!) warning them that my work is protected under a Creative Commons licence and they need to remove it right away. I'm also going to contact Wordpress and ask them to shut the blog down. Beyond that, I really don't know what to do. There aren't even any ads on the blog so I have no idea what the point is.

Has this ever happened to you? What did you do, or do you have any advice? Other than the steps I just mentioned, I'm at a loss.


Parker June 25, 2008 at 4:06:00 PM EDT  

Sorry to hear that. I have heard this happening from other bloggers, and foodie bloggers. Not sure what can be done, but sounds like reporting them to WordPress might be a good first step.

Kait's June 25, 2008 at 7:22:00 PM EDT  

Thanks Parker..I've read about this happening to others too but didn't think it would happen to me. I managed to find their contact info from a whois search and they took the articles down. They said they pulled my articles from a google RSS feed and didn't know they were copyrighted. Uh, okay.

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