Another WIN for Google Alerts! Guess who couldn’t sleep and woke up with a “funny feeling” and decided to do some work at 3:00am? As many readers know, one of the main reasons I use Google Alerts is to not only monitor and track the genealogy industry, but also to see who else might be using my content from my sites.
Offender: Ancestors and Kin
The latest violator – a site called Ancestors and Kin (http://ancestorsandkin.com) which is registered to a Christopher Campbell. Here is the email I just sent to Mr. Campbell this morning:
Hello Mr. Campbell
I am the owner of GeneaBloggers.com and via Google Alerts this morning I found that six of my recent blog posts have been used at the Ancestors and Kin (http://ancestorsandkin.com) website which, according to the WHOIS record, is owned by you, Christopher Campbell:
Registration Service Provided By: LAUNCHPAD.COM, INC.
Domain Name: ANCESTORSANDKIN.COM
Christopher Campbell (email@example.com)
7726 Johnson Rd
Creation Date: 03-Jul-2011
Expiration Date: 03-Jul-2012
I am formally requesting that you immediately remove these posts from your site on the basis that they violate the copyright on my intellectual property. You have stolen my content without my permission. Your use of GeneaBloggers content does not fall within the Fair Use doctrine of US Copyright laws. In addition, you are using your own name as author on all of these articles giving the impression that this is your content.
Please remove all GeneaBloggers content immediately and no later than 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Friday, August 26 and email confirmation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org once content is removed. You may also reimburse me at the rate of $500 per article if you choose. Either way, please let me know which option you choose.
If content is not removed by 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Friday, August 26, I will pursue all legal remedies including filing a DMCA complaint with Google and with your Internet service provider.
Finally, I am notifying many of my colleagues in the genealogy industry from whom you’ve also misappropriated content. Since such theft on your site is so pervasive, I will most likely need to alert my community of over 2,000 genealogy bloggers via blog post at GeneaBloggers and have them check your site for their own content. GeneaBloggers has a long history of representing its members in the fight against splogs and content theft – please see http://www.geneabloggers.com/tag/content-theft/ for past occasions where we have successfully won each and every case of content theft.
Please email me if you have any questions.
(Note: members of GeneaBloggers are encouraged to use/copy the above text as the basis of a cease and desist notice to any sploggers caught using your content).
Ancestors and Kin is stealing content from genealogy bloggers. It is doing more than aggregating from RSS feeds – Campbell is using his own name as author attribution and is not linking back to the original post. In addition, the site appears to be making a profit from affiliate advertising, links, etc.
What Can You Do?
Contact Christopher Campbell at email@example.com using the WHOIS information listed above. Use a cease and desist notice and tell Campbell that your original content is being used and your copyright violated. Insist that he remove your content or you will contact Ancestors and Kin’s web hosting company and file a DMCA complaint as well as a DMCA complaint with the advertisers displayed at Ancestors and Kin.
I also recommend, if possible, that you post at the comments for each post using your content and link back to this post. At the very least, they’ve been “called out” here at GeneaBloggers and this info will show up in Google search results.
All readers of GeneaBloggers know – as do our members – that it isn’t playing fair when you have to steal content from others who have worked so hard to document their genealogy journey.
Don’t forget our resource page on Blog Copyright and Content Theft!
GeneaBloggers will always fight the good fight against opportunists who want to ride the current wave of popularity surrounding family history and only take from our community without giving back.
© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee