Saturday, January 16, 2010

STOP STEALING MY CONTENT

Regular readers, you can skip past this. Or read on. It might amuse you.

Hi there. This is Jen A. Miller, and I'm the author and owner of the downtheshorewithjen.blogspot.com blog.

If you are reading this on any site other than downtheshorewithjen.blogspot.com, YOU ARE READING STOLEN CONTENT.

A blog has decided to take my hard work - writing, photos, everything - and pass it off as their own, and they're selling ads around it.

So not only are they stealing from me, but they're making money off me in the process.

No, I'm not going to list the site. I don't want my regular readers to be tempted to click over. If you're reading this anywhere else other than my site, click away and never come back. Please.

Why am I posting this here? They're stealing the blog in its entirety, so this post will appear on their blog, outing them for STEALING MY CONTENT.

I have alerted the owners of that site that they are infringing on my copyright. If they don't stop STEALING MY CONTENT, I'll let you know if I need any help from you guys in bombarding them to get them to stop. I'd hate to take legal action, but trust me -- I will.

Am I angry? You bet. I work hard on this blog, and no one rips me off. As I once said in an interview that got me my first editorial job (Marples, cover your eyes), I don't take shit from anyone.

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7 comments:

Pit Master said...

Keep up the fight. You have a ton of people behind you ready to help.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

You're not alone. I'm finding my posts, photos, etc. on all kinds of "sites" - and it's beyond infuriating. keep us posted on what happens.

erin Brown Conroy said...

Yes, we're behind you. Do what you have to do.

Erin Brown Conroy, author
professor, composition and research, Patrick Henry College

Steve said...

Jen this is problematic, but is directly linked to the decline of some magazine and newspaper publications.

For instance, some of my most coveted publications, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, the Economist, the Atlantic and even the New York Times have had times (most still do it)where they only allow subscribers to continue to read a full online article. They have you type in your subscription number, zip code, etc. However, I noticed that I could find other blogs whose authors DID subscribe to the publications who would simply copy and paste the article onto their blogs. We're talking reputable ones too like the Huffington Post.

I still subscribe to all but one of those, but when I hear articles mentioned on NPR, I purposely search to see (usually within 24 hrs) if the subscribing article is on someone's (or in many cases a very popular advertising-funded) blog. Usually it is.

Jen A. Miller said...

Thanks guys!

Steve, I know. But I do what I can, you know?

Joan Price said...

Great response, Jen. How maddening. I've had my blog content stolen, too, but so far the bloggers sounded surprised and naive when I e-confronted them and pointed out the error of their ways. Your situation is obviously different -- they're selling ads and not responding to you. Keep us posted.

Jen A. Miller said...

Joan - I'll write more about this, probably on Monday, but the CEO of the company said he'd remove it, so we'll see.