Splog Alert – Genealogy-News.com and EcoBizWatch.com Stealing Content

Stop Content Theft

Once again Google Alerts save the day! 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 on my sites.

I discovered two new sites – Genealogy-News and EcoBizWatch – that are stealing content from genealogy bloggers.  Both are doing more than aggregating from RSS feeds – there is no author attribution nor are they linking back to the original post.  In addition, both sites are making a profit from affiliate advertising, links, etc.

What Can You Do?

Genealogy-News

  • Contact the site owner using this information via the WHOIS Registrar info:
    wilkes, mark
    mrk.wilkes@gmail.com
    wyco
    5016 brower ct
    granite bay, California 95746
    United States
    (916) 759-4492

EcoBizWatch

  • Contact the site owner using this information via the WHOIS Registrar info:
    Alamsyah, Wisnu
    wisnu.alamsyah@gmail.com
    None
    Jl. Radio Dalam
    2 Jakarta Jakarta,12345
    Tel. +62.0811654789

For each of these websites, use a cease and desist notice and tell them that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.  Insist that they remove your content or you will contact their web hosting company and file a DMCA complaint as well as a DMCA complaint with the advertisers displayed at Genealogy-News.

I also recommend 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.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

How To Remove Your Content From Easy-Genealogy.com

Stop Content Theft

Wow.  Right now all I can say is, “Wow.” A nice resolution.

First, if you contacted me recently about the Easy-Genealogy site, please understand that we now have a solution and there is a way to have your content removed.

Second, if you need some background, please read this post.

Third, I’ve been in contact with the site owner Dean Brenner and he makes it clear that he will remove the content that appears on his site if the blog owner will simply contact him via email. Just email him at dbrenner@bwsgroup.net and send a link to your blog.

Dean has been very easy to deal with and has been very upfront as to his domain registration details unlike other sites using genealogy blogger content.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

RootsFeed Update

Here is the latest update to the RootsFeed issue:

1.  RootsFeed now has a contact form which you can use to contact them and ask that your content be removed.

2.  In a recent comment to the initial post, a member of GeneaBloggers states she received a response from RootsFeed (we assume by using the Contact Form) in which they stated:

Your posts were removed from the site this past Saturday. Rootsfeed did not violate your copyright. At no time did we publish in its entirety any article from your website, nor did we ever take attribution for any article. We posted an excerpt from the article with a link back to your site, which is completely legal.

RootsFeed

3.  I would disagree with the RootsFeed statement on several levels:

– they have not addressed the fact that they are using a “posted by” link at the bottom of each post which makes it seem as if the blogger posted or contributed the post at the RootsFeed site.

– excerpt or not, it is still your blog post and you can dictate what can and cannot be done with the content whether it is three lines or 15 lines.

– while they do link back to the original post eventually, they only do so after a click which takes you to another RootsFeed page so you can be bombarded by their advertising.  This is not the same as a link back to your content – the link should be on the post title and on the initial click.

4.  I recommend that GeneaBloggers members “beef up” their copyright statement to clarify how content can and cannot be used and when permission is required.  I’ve added the following language here at GeneaBloggers in the sidebar:

You may NOT use the contents of this site for commercial purposes without explicit permission from the author and blog owner. Commercial purposes includes blogs with ads and income generating features, and/or blogs or sites using feed content as a replacement for original content.  Full content usage is not permitted.

Thanks to Lorelle VanFossen for the inspiration of the above language used in the post Goodbye to Splogs and Feed-Driven Blogs at the Blog Herald.

* * *

Remember that it is sad fact of blogging that you must be vigilant as to how your content is being used.  Thanks to all those who gave me a heads up to RootsFeed during this past week.  As a community of bloggers we need to communicate to those who would profit from our work that you can’t just take without asking.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee