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Is Adsense Or Vista To Be Blamed For

Are your works being stolen by someone? Try to Google a portion of your own text or the best try is with the post title.

I read about Lorelle lengthy post on the topic of content theft. But, I wonder how much valuable energy and time of a real blogger like Lorelle have to waste on tracking down the thieves, which otherwise will be spent on reading or writing his own posts?

Take a look on the following “articles” “wrote” by the LOVELY who copy exactly the whole text of my posts, including the “manipulated” back links and the “date/time” of the copycat post! Best of all, the copycat dare to stamp the CopyScape plagiarism warning banner – “Page protected by CopyScape DO NOT COPY!”. Do you able to tell which one is the original writing? What would you think when you search a topic and come out two or more posts written same sentences?

Spam blog that duplicate WalkerNews.net articles - not only the contents, but also purposely manipulate the post date and internal hyperlinks.
Spam blog that duplicate WalkerNews.net articles - not only the contents, but also purposely manipulate the post date and internal hyperlinks.

What are the factors that contribute to the rising of content theft? Is the Adsense, Vista, or iPhone to be blamed for? Yes, I think so. Adsense is particularly one of the catalysts that constantly pushing up the index of blogs tracked by Technorati.com and alike.

So, straight to the root causes is the best way to tackle problems of spam blog, content theft, website hijack, copyright infringements, etc, before they overload the search engines! Perhaps, the big boys really need to recode smarter web crawlers or spiders that can automatically filter out content thieves’ masterpieces from indexing in respective search result.

Seriously, I feel tasteless and tired today, after getting to know about my posts being duplicated to other sites and yet have a better ranking than I do (which I deserve but not getting at all)!

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  1. Lorelle 02-08-07@01:30

    I totally understand how draining this issue is. As for how much time I spend on tracking down content theft on my blogs – it’s actually very little. Because I include so many intrasite links to other posts on my blogs, I get a lot of trackbacks from splogs brought right to my comment panel. A check of their incoming URL and I can tell in an instant if it’s scraping and stealing my content or not.

    I post a quick comment from a template I have in my text editor that says cease and desist – okay, nice nice at first – and then I’m done and onto the next thing I have to do. It’s over within seconds.

    This usually stops the splog, but not always. If I check back in a few days or week and nothing has changed, I post a stronger template (copy and paste) comment on each of the copied posts, and then wait another couple of days and fire off form letters to Google, their adverisers, web host – that takes a little more time, but depending upon how much work it is to track down their WHOIS information, I’ve got the form letters and such all ready so it’s a couple of minutes. Sticking the stamps on the letters to mail them to Google and Adsense take the most time. The rest are all emails, quick and fast.

    I spent more time reading your post and responding here than I spend on most days battling content spam. This is myth we have to dispell. It doesn’t take work, just a few minutes at most a week.

    Either way, the biggest myth we have to debunk is that everything on the Internet is free. It’s not. ASK FIRST. You might get a yes.

    Assume everything on the Internet is copyrighted. It is actually. It’s up to the original author to decide how you can use their stuff, but it’s automatically copyrighted if it’s published according to the laws in most countries that adhere to International Copyright Laws.

    And thanks for being one of the brave bloggers who speak out on this subject. We need more of you!

  2. Walker 02-08-07@09:20

    Lorelle, your prompt response really surprise me a lot. I appreciate it.

    I have to admit for my poor expression and the command on English. Yes, it takes only couple of minutes to trace or reveal who has stolen your posts or my posts. But, it’s an endless “mouse and cat” game, unless you’re not writing something “popular”.

    So, couple of minutes that continuously summing up is huge enough and tired, assuming we continue writing blog until we go to heaven one day! Imagine that sending a SMS is cheaper than voice call, but couple cents per SMS are actually making the hefty profits to telcos.

    I know that it’s easier to file a complaint to their advertisers, search engine, web host, etc. But, looking at the copycat “posts” and mine, do you able to differentiate which are the orignal? If you don’t, I doubt their advertisers will taking time to entertain me. If that LOVELY is only one of the CLEVER copycat, it’s fine. But when such CLEVER copycat double over the time, I wonder it’s still a “couple of minutes” task.

    To recap, the splogs copy the whole text, change the backlinks inside the post to their own “posts” which are also copy of mine, manipulate the date and time of the “post” that’s earlier than mine (both New Blogger and WordPress allow bloggers to tweak the date/time of posting), including a CopyScape banner (while I done) – the copycat pretend that that their masterpieces are actually written and published earlier than mine! It means that the plaintiff end up be the accused – at least on the first impression, which most people do! Do you?

    Again, sorry for my poor expression and thanks your positive comment! Thank Lorelle

  3. Lorelle 05-08-07@03:36

    You are welcome.

    While some splogs and scrapers go to the trouble to change links and content, most don’t. It’s just free-for-all taking.

    It’s up to the individual to make the time to fight back. To me, it’s that important.

    As for telling the difference between a scraper and the original, that is always the question and part of the reason I fight so hard to stop this.

    When an article is credited by another site or blog, and the credit goes to the splog not the original, the system breaks down and brings benefit to the evil doer and none to the person who spent four hours writing the article. And even less to someone like me, who blogs without ads on my blog, as the splogger makes money on content that I don’t.

    It’s a mess, but hopefully, the more we speak out about it, the more the system will change.

    Assume everything is copyrighted. Ask first. And play nice.

  4. Lorelle 05-08-07@03:37

    Oh, one more thing. In Firefox, I have to select the text around your comment form in order to see what it says. The font is barely a shadow. It makes it hard to comment when I can’t see the comment form instructions.

  5. Walker 05-08-07@12:42

    Lorelle, I’m sorry for the comment form labels. I have made them brighter now.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  6. walker 10-08-07@15:40

    Good day Lorelle,

    I’m not sure my idea below will work, but I hope someone out there could comes up a working model sooner or later.

    While blogger will write for satisfaction, splogger are almost “writing for ads”. So, advertisers can play a major role in fighting the cancers of Web 2.0.

    Assuming there is a reputable source for reference, good advertisers (as oppose to bad advertisers such as those doing porn or gambling) can withdraw advertising on these sploggers site.

    Hopefully, the major search engines will also follow suite by filtering out search results that exists in this reputable source of reference – then the splogger sites might reduce significantly!

    How this reputable source of reference going to work? Other than backing up by reputable authorities and industry players, the working mechanism that I can think of:

    1) Each of the real blog posts should volunteer ping to the dedicated servers for recording the “actual” time of posting.

    2) Special crafted spiders will cast the content of each permanent links collected in step 1 to find out the duplicate/splog contents, based on a known percentage of duplicate contents and the “actual” time of posting.

    3) The splogger sites will be recorded to a splogger database for reference by advertisers and blogger. Likewise, the blogger sites will be recorded to a blogger database – the advertisers or SEs will only make use of blogger database and ignore sites recorded in splogger database.

    In this case, the blogger sites (mostly splogger sites) that are not ping to the dedicated servers for recording purpose, will also be abandoned by advertisers and SEs for sake of real advertising costs!

    This might be a tedious task at first, but if this proof-of-concept is workable, then the Rome will be completed eventually (definitely not in one day)!

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