Jul 17 2007

Stolen Posts

Probably, like many bloggers, I get some of my posts ’stolen’ and then published on other blogs. It’s okay if there are proper return links – though personally I still think permission should be asked before publishing complete posts.

I even heard about one blogger who had his full site stolen – design, content – everything.

It can be frustrating when you find out that information you have sweated over and researched is copied without a second thought by lazy bloggers.

One of the big problems is the automated feeds brigade. They use other people’s content to fill their sites. It’s easy for them and they don’t have to worry about writing anything.

There seems to be no way to stop these as there is usually no contact details on such blogs. I have one person who copies nearly all of my posts.

With the automated feeds it was suggested to me that the best way to partly overcome this is to set the blog settings so that only short feeds are used. This way any readers will have to go to the original source to read the full post/article.

I was wondering what other bloggers thoughts are about having posts stolen, especially by automated feeds? What are others doing to combat this – if anything? Or perhaps you don’t see what the problem is?

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6 Comments on this post


  1. David Culpepper said:

    That is a very touchy subject… in many cases there is not much you can do. The most comprehensive post that I’ve seen on the subject is this post by Lorelle:


    Very in depth and informative. Most of these scumbags use Adsense to monetize their splogs so I personally would recommend contacting Google and getting their account suspended. You can also contact their hosting provider and have that account suspended but they will just pop up somewhere else. It’s a never ending battle…

    July 17th, 2007 at 9:42 am
  2. Rhys Wynne said:

    I was going to link to that post but David beat me :)

    I at least try to put a copyright notice embedded in my feed, so at least I Get a link back. Of course, it’s nowhere near enough, but at least it provides me with an idea of where people are coming from (I have a Google Alert for whenever they find somewhere new that contains my copyright notice)

    July 17th, 2007 at 10:43 am
  3. Jennifer said:

    I think relax breathe. It means that someone likes what you wrote of that the automated feed stealer saw the set words to want to be stolen.

    You can report them to google for taking your content if they use adsense, this goes for anything copyrighted to you. Not just posts on your own site, but if you wrote a guest post somewhere else or even a helium article. If you can prove copyright…you can report it.

    It is said that partial feeds do limit this some, but I know for me. I won’t read sites with partial feeds. I read over 200 feeds now and it is just to much to click on each feed.

    July 17th, 2007 at 11:53 am
  4. Jake said:

    What is your opinion on things such as Google Reader shared items? I keep one of these, and it often has full feeds.


    July 17th, 2007 at 1:07 pm
  5. K-IntheHouse said:

    I am not sure if this is foolproof way but I have seen it used by a a few people. John Chow has this message at the bottom of every feed.. It’ll atleast serve as a deterrent to some content thieves.

    Attention: Unless you are reading this from a RSS reader, you are reading a scraped feed. This site has violated copyright laws by stealing the content of John Chow dot Com. Please let us know where you read this so we can take legal action against the scraper.

    July 18th, 2007 at 11:51 am
  6. Tish said:

    I had a couple of posts stolen and placed on an automated feed blog recently. There was no contact form on the blog, so I left a comment on the post stating that I did not appreciate the fact that they had stolen my content. I asked them to remove it before I’d be forced to take legal action. You won’t believe how fast those posts were removed! And they haven’t posted anything of mine since.

    This blog did actually link to my original post, but that’s not the point. I still consider it stealing my content since they failed to ask permission to post it.

    July 24th, 2007 at 9:41 am


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