Heads up to all genealogy bloggers – there is a new splog (spam blog) that is stealing content from many of us including this site and my personal blog, Destination: Austin Family.
The site is called Easy-Genealogy.com and it is posting blog content in violation of copyright by a) not properly linking back to the original post and in some cases b) disregarding the Creative Commons licensing provisions.
The owner of Easy-Genealogy has also blacklisted certain sites from leaving comments – most likely the sites from whom they’ve stolen content.
What Can You Do?
- Go to the About page and leave an email with a cease and desist notice asking them to remove your content.
- File a DMCA complaint with Google to have their website blocked from search results on Google.
- Using WHOIS, I’ve identified the nameserver as Websitewelcome.com. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and file a complaint. Please include links to your original blog posts and describe how your copyright is being violated.
Update – Content Removed
On Wednesday, 17 March 2010, I received an email from Dean Brenner who runs the Easy-Genealogy.com site – this was in response to a message I sent via the About page:
From: Dean Brenner [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:28 AM
To: ‘Thomas MacEntee’
Subject: RE: Contact: Copyright Violations
I searched our Easy Genealogy blog posts for MacEntee, GeneaBloggers and Austin Family and removed all that were found. If you should find any that we missed, please let us know. Please accept our apology for any violation of your work. We do not intentionally do that. We do post some using automated software and it’s not a perfect system. But we will do our best to make the necessary adjustments to “do the right thing”.
Again, please accept our apology.
As the topic of genealogy gains more exposure in the media through various television shows here in the United States, be prepared for similar instances of content theft. While I am happy to know that Easy-Genealogy.com did the “right thing” as far as my own content, I expect that being vigilant and vocal are the keys to winning the battle of the splogs.
© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee