Well it just seems that sploggers don’t understand. We’ve got a new one on the horizon called RootsFeed and I urge all members of GeneaBloggers to look at the site and see if their content has been misused and their copyright violated.
RootsFeed 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.
What also irks me more is that they give the appearance that certain bloggers are “contributors” or “columnists” when in fact they are not. I’ve verified this fact with at least one well-known genealogy blogger who said she has had no involvement with RootsFeed and did not give permission for them to use her content.
There is no contact information for the owners of RootsFeed and the About page currently lists the generic WordPress information.
What Can You Do?
Since we have little recourse due to the lack of contact information and the WHOIS registry for RootsFeed.com lists a “privacy protection” service, here is what you can do:
- Contact the hosting company – VerveHosting – for the RootsFeed site. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cease and desist notice and ask tell them that your original content is being used and your copyright violated. Ask them to either force RootsFeed to remove your content or to shut down the site.
- File a DMCA complaint with the advertisers used by RootsFeed and hit them where it hurts – in the pocketbook:
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 like RootsFeed who want to ride the current wave of popularity surrounding family history and only take from our community without giving back.
© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee