[UPDATE 12:56 pm CDT: That was fast! It took about one minute after posting this for my content to be removed! A victory for the people!]
“Hey kids! I have an idea! Let’s set up a blog directory where we just steal content from other bloggers, like genealogy bloggers, and create a “feed” – they’ll love that right? And when people click on the “copied” article we won’t send them to the original post right away, we’ll just create another page on Blogarama.com where they can get all the content. It will save them the hassle of visiting the original site. Sound good?”
No. It doesn’t sound good. And it is fairly obvious that these content stealers at Blogarama know what they are doing: their Contact Us page is blank. And their contact info through the WHOIS service is “sheilded.”
Won’t Blog Content Stealers Like Blogarama Ever Learn?
Well it just seems that sploggers don’t understand. We’ve got a new one on the horizon called Blogarama and I urge all members of GeneaBloggers to look at the site and see if their content has been misused and their copyright violated.
Blogarama 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.
As I stated above, there is no contact information for the owners of Blogarama so I guess I’ll have to shame them publicly through this blog post and social media.
What Can You Do?
Since we have little recourse due to the lack of contact information and the WHOIS registry for Blogarama lists a “privacy protection” service, here is what you can do:
- Contact the hosting company – Enom – for the Blogarama site. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cease and desist notice and tell them that your original content is being used and your copyright violated. Ask them to either force Blogarama to remove your content or to shut down the site.
- File a DMCA complaint with the advertisers used by Blogarama and hit them where it hurts – in the pocketbook.:Click here to file a DMCA complaint online with Google AdSense.Contact their advertiser Getwordpress.io at email@example.com and ask them to remove Blogarama as an affiliate due to copyright violations.
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 Blogarama who want to ride the current wave of popularity surrounding family history and only take from our community without giving back.
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