Saturday, 2 May 2009
A couple of weeks ago I was reading Cjane's blog about bloggers who had stolen her posts and used them as their own. She was understandably upset. Cjane is a very popular blogger and I guess it comes with the territory.
I never thought anything more about it and I certainly didn't think anyone would do the same to me.
I was reading Cjane's forum today and noticed that someone had mentioned that if you go to Copyscape you can check who may be plagiarising your work.
I just checked and only read the first entry - a UK site has lifted most of my posts IN FULL since January and used them on their site, photos and all. I assume their site is updated via a reader every time I post.
The site is http://grandtimes.co.uk/magazine/ There is no reference to me or my blog. The hilarious part is they have a copyright notice on their website yet the copy belongs to me and another site, Treehuggers. At least I am in esteemed company.
This site has no contact details listed and the comments are closed. I had to check Whois to see who owned the site. I found a name and an address and they are getting a 'sweet' note from me. Just to explain that in order to write my posts, I usually have to be embarassed, humiliated, laughed at and nearly chewed apart by dogs like Rosie. It doesnt come easy, lol!
I understand when we put anything on the Internet it is open to manipulation. However, the same rules apply on the net as they do elsewhere.
GRAND TIMES MAGAZINE UK - DO NOT TAKE WHAT IS NOT YOURS. IF YOU WANT TO POST SOMETHING FROM MY BLOG ON YOUR SITE, YOU JUST HAVE TO ASK OR AT LEAST GIVE ME CREDIT.
Beware everyone and go check out Copyscape to see if anyone is using your life for their blog or website. They have badges you can put on your site (on the right) and they tell you how to deal with plagiarism.
Let me know if you find the same thing for your blog - not sure I want to look at any more on the list but I am keeping the Copysafe badge on my blog (it means pinch my content or images and you self destruct, he he)!
Writer of this post - Lilly at lillyslife.com with strong connections to the Mafia, God, the Wiggles or whoever else scares you.