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

Blaming Technology for Splogging

Stop Content Theft

I want to point out to the members and readers of GeneaBloggers a great post by Richard Byrne of the Free Technology for Teachers blog. It is entitled Stop Blaming the Technology and relates his recent encounter with a splogger who tried to blame the autofeed plugin he was using for stealing blog content. Read the entire post and you’ll be amazed – especially in the email exchange when the blogger said that plagiarism is a “gray area.” For realz.

This week, there was another incident of a site posting content from many genealogy bloggers without proper attribution.  As is my rule, I won’t mention the site or link back to the site so as not to feed them any traffic.  I too had quite an email exchange with the site owner who couldn’t understand that what he was doing – or better yet, what his WordPress plugin was doing (because you blame the technology instead of taking responsibility for your own actions, right?). He did understand that you can’t take the entire contents of another blog post and slap it on your site without permission or without proper attribution.

Especially if you are a new blogger here in the GeneaBloggers community, review our list of resources for Blog Copyright and Content Theft under Blog Resources. And because of the recent increase of sploggers using these autofeed plugins, it might be a good idea to set up a Google Alert or two using your own name and blog name to monitor this type of activity.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Blogfront.org Scam – Did You Receive a Comment on Your Blog?

Here is the latest link baiting, blog scraping, splog scam courtesy of a Maria Blanchard at Blogfront.org who is leaving this comment in various genealogy blogs:

Hi,

BlogFront.org is committed to uphold the quality standards of blogging. We strive to maintain and promote only the most credible blogs in their respective fields.

Spam blogs or “splogs” has been a problem for some time now and people are getting confused about which blog to trust.

We would like to thank you for maintaining such a reputable blog. We know that it takes time, effort and commitment to keep such a blog and as such, we have added your blog as one of the top Genealogy Blogs.

You can see your blog listed here: http://blogfront.org/genealogy/3

You can also claim your BlogFront Top Blogs badge at http://blogfront.org/badges/genealogy

Thank you for keeping your blog credible. Let’s keep the blog revolution alive!

Maria Blanchard
BlogFront.org
Blog Revolucion

Many if not most members of GeneaBloggers are finding their blogs listed at Blogfront.org. They also try to entice you to post their badge which links back to their site.  For those bloggers who are new, don’t accept the bait – the only one that benefits is Blogfront.org and believe me, being selected by Blogfront.org is no honor – it is actually a dishonor. We have no information on who runs this site, what they are about etc.  Why link to a site that has no reputation in the blogging community? [Note: as we usually do, GeneaBloggers will not provide any hyperlinks to sploggers – all links for Blogfront.org are intentionally disabled]

File a Complaint

Since Blogfront.org does not provide any contact information (how convenient) and a search of the WHOIS database shows that the domain blogfront.org is registered to a Rick Ong, B2 L6 Ocean Park Subd, Quezon City, MM, 1116, Philippines, +63.9367278 at domains@azurewebdesign.com, the only recourse you have is:

  • email domains@azurewebdesign.com and send a cease and desist notice (see our Resources on Blog Copyright and Theft for more information); or
  • file a DMCA complaint with Google to get Blogfront.org removed from the Google search engine – use this form.

Conclusion

Blog revolution indeed.  They only thing revolting is Blogfront.org’s tactics in trying to lure the uninformed bloggers into providing them a link.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee