Splog Alert – Genealogygen.com

Stop Content Theft

[UPDATE: As of 11:00 am CDT here in Chicago, the GenealogyGen.com site has been taken offline.  Thanks to all of you who left comments on the site and submitted DMCA complaints to HostGator!]

Well I’ve tried to play nice with the owner of The Genealogy Place at genealogyplace.info (see my post here from a few months ago).  Now he’s gone ahead and started a new site called Genealogygen.com which is also stealing content.  The sites are almost identical in their look, content and their spamminess.

Thanks to Google Alerts and the use of pingbacks on all my blogs, I realized my content was being stolen.  Here’s the story:

Offender: Genealogygen.com

The latest violator – a site called Genealogygen.com  (http://genealogygen.com) which is registered to a Yam Kean Boon.  Here is the email I just sent to him last week:

Hello Yam Kean Boon

I am the owner of GeneaBloggers.com and via Google Alerts this morning I found that my recent blog posts have been used at the Genealogygen.com website which, according to the WHOIS record, is owned by you, Yam Kean Boon:

Registration Service Provided By: Namecheap.com
Contact: 
Visit: http://namecheap.com

Domain name: genealogygen.com

Registrant Contact:

Yam Kean Boon ()

Fax:
Blk 65,Commonwealth Drive, #07-307
SG, Singapore 140065
SG

Administrative Contact:

Yam Kean Boon ()
+65.85222207
Fax: +1.5555555555
Blk 65,Commonwealth Drive, #07-307
SG, Singapore 140065
SG

Technical Contact:

Yam Kean Boon ()
+65.85222207
Fax: +1.5555555555
Blk 65,Commonwealth Drive, #07-307
SG, Singapore 140065
SG

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
ns1559.websitewelcome.com
ns1560.websitewelcome.com

Creation date: 19 Nov 2011 15:13:00
Expiration date: 19 Nov 2012 07:13:00

The post in question is: http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogging-beat-monday-august-13-2012/

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, Monday, August 20, 2012 and email confirmation to me at geneabloggers@gmail.com 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, Monday, August 20, 2012, I will pursue all legal remedies including filing a DMCA complaint with Google and with your Internet service provider, Host Gator.

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 2,800 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.

The Offense

Genealogygen.com is stealing content from genealogy bloggers.  It is copying entire posts and it not linking back to the original post.  In addition, the site appears to be making a profit from affiliate advertising, Google AdSense, links, etc.

What Can You Do?

Contact  Yam Kean Boon at kbyam@yahoo.com using the WHOIS information listed above. Use a cease and desist notice and tell him that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.

Insist that he remove your content or you will contact Genealogygen.com’s web hosting company (Host Gator) and file a DMCA complaint. Click here to access Host Gator’s hard-to-find online complaint form.

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.

Conclusion

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.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Splog Alert – The Genealogy Place genealogyplace.info

Stop Content Theft

[UPDATE: Just to clarify, according to the WHOIS information genealogyplace.info “appears” to be owned by a different person than the owner of treegenealogy.info which is thankfully now shut down and pointing to a default website place holder used by Host Gator. I find it highly suspicious however that both sites originate from Singapore, both have popped up recently, both are using the same banner graphic, and both are stealing content from the genealogy community.  Coincidence?  You decide.]

Well I’ve tried to play nice with Nirubama Manikantan, owner of The Genealogy Place at genealogyplace.info.  But not only has Mr. Manikantan ignored my cease and desist emails (see below) but he continues to steal content – the latest is from my High-Definition genealogy blog and specifically this post.

Thanks to Google Alerts and the use of pingbacks on all my blogs, I realized my content was being stolen.  Here’s the story:

Offender: The Genealogy Place

The latest violator – a site called The Genealogy Place (http://genealogyplace.info) which is registered to a Nirubama Manikantan.  Here is the email I just sent to him last week:

Hello Mr. Manikantan

I am the owner of GeneaBloggers.com and via Google Alerts this morning I found that my recent blog posts have been used at the Tree Genealogy Info (http://treegenealogy.info/) website which, according to the WHOIS record, is owned by you, Nirubama Manikantan:

Domain ID:D44166732-LRMS

Domain Name:TREEGENEALOGY.INFO

Created On:19-Nov-2011 11:38:07 UTC

Last Updated On:18-Jan-2012 20:39:08 UTC

Expiration Date:19-Nov-2012 11:38:07 UTC

Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com LLC (R171-LRMS)

Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED

Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED

Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED

Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED

Registrant ID:CR98476624

Registrant Name:Nirubama Manikantan

Registrant Organization:

Registrant Street1:Blk 796, #03-3370

Registrant Street2:Yishun Ring Road

Registrant Street3:

Registrant City:Singapore

Registrant State/Province:Singapore

Registrant Postal Code:760796

Registrant Country:SG

Registrant Phone:+62.571294

Registrant Phone Ext.:

Registrant FAX:

Registrant FAX Ext.:

Registrant Email:manikantan1960@gmail.com

The post in question is: http://treegenealogy.info/2012/new-genealogy-blogs-march-10-2012-geneabloggers

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, March 26 and email confirmation to me at geneabloggers@gmail.com 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, March 26, I will pursue all legal remedies including filing a DMCA complaint with Google and with your Internet service provider, Host Gator.

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 2,500 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: Manikantan has treegenealogy.info registered as well as genealogyplace.info. 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).

The Offense

The Genealogy Place is stealing content from genealogy bloggers.  It is copying entire posts and it not linking back to the original post.  In addition, the site appears to be making a profit from affiliate advertising, Google AdSense, links, etc.

What Can You Do?

Contact Nirubama Manikantan at manikantan1960@gmail.com using the WHOIS information listed above. Use a cease and desist notice and tell Manikantan that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.

Insist that he remove your content or you will contact The Genealogy Place’s web hosting company (Host Gator) and file a DMCA complaint. Click here to learn how to file a complaint with Host Gator (you must mail or fax the complaint letter).

Also file a DMCA complaint with the advertisers displayed at The Genealogy Place (here is a link to the Google AdSense DMCA complaint form).

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.

Conclusion

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.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Ancestorsandkin.com Follow-up

Stop Content Theft

Well rather than do their homework, Ancestors and Kin has decided it is much easier to try to wage war with not just me but the genealogy community. Please read my previous post here for the start of the saga.

Having been in the blogosphere for some time, you have to have a thick skin. And frankly, I’ve been called worse by better. You can see the current response by Mr. Campbell, owner of Ancestors and Kin, here. (And perhaps he’ll see the proper way to link to a post and give attribution by reading this post).

I don’t intend to engage in a tug-of-war here but let me clarify a few things:

  • WHOIS information is a matter of public record, not personal information. If you don’t want your personal information revealed then purchase one of the various services from your domain reseller to cloak your information.
  • I’d love to show readers the emails coming from Mr. Campbell but I guess I’ll have to save them for this pending lawsuit he keeps talking about.
  • Why does defending your copyright and intellectual property make you a “cyberbully?” Hmmmm. Well if that is what it takes then I guess I am a cyberbully. Rrrrowwwwrrrr!

For the members of GeneaBloggers, you must decide on your how to proceed if anyone is using your content against your wishes.  Just because you create an RSS feed, doesn’t mean you give permission to have your content used counter to the terms and services on your blog (you do have one, right)? How would you feel if your blog posts appeared on a blog selling skimpy underwear or other items? Again, intellectual property created by you is yours.

Use a copyright statement, get a Creative Commons license, create a Terms of Service for your blog . . . and defend your right to your own creative work.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee