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Splog Alert – Monkey In My Tree

Stop Stealing Content from GeneaBloggers

Stop Content Theft

[UPDATE: The content in question from Monkey In My Tree has been removed as of 8:15 am Central time today and was blamed on a WordPress plugin which took the content from various feeds.]

Sploggers still don’t get it.  I don’t care if WordPress or another blog gives you neat plugins to “repurpose” content from other blogs.  Posting content from GeneaBloggers at your own blog without express permission from me is THEFT.

Thanks to Google Alerts and the use of pingbacks on all my blogs, I realized my content was being stolen by Monkey In My Tree (  The main section is at where most content has been posted. Here’s the story:


The latest violator – a site called Monkey In My Tree ( which is registered to a Melanie Reeve.  Here is the email I just sent to her:

Hello Melanie Reeve

I am the owner of and today I found that recent blog posts have been used at the Monkey In My Tree ( which, according to the WHOIS record, is owned by you, Melanie Reeve:

Registered through:, LLC (

Created on: 01-May-13
Expires on: 01-May-14
Last Updated on: 04-May-13
Registrant: Melanie Reeve
2111 Singletree Ave
Austin, Texas 78727
United States

Administrative Contact: Reeve, Melanie
2111 Singletree Ave
Austin, Texas 78727
United States

Technical Contact: Reeve, Melanie
2111 Singletree Ave
Austin, Texas 78727
United States

Domain servers in listed order:


The posts in question are:

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.

Please remove all GeneaBloggers content immediately and no later than 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Thursday, May 30, 2013 and email confirmation to me at 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, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 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.  Given your ability to set up channels and advertising, I don’t believe your act of theft is an innocent one.  I will alert my community of over 3,000 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 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 is stealing content from genealogy bloggers.  It is copying entire posts although it is linking back to the original post. The main section is at where most content has been posted. In addition, the site appears to be making a profit from affiliate advertising, Google AdSense, links, etc.

What Can You Do?

Contact Melanie Reeve at using the WHOIS information listed above. Also post a comment in the posts. Use a cease and desist notice and tell her that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.

Insist that she remove your content or you will contact’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.


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.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

4 thoughts on “Splog Alert – Monkey In My Tree

  1. Thomas, Thank you for taking this stand. Too much material is being scanned or scammed and then republished on other sites. Copyright is just that and it needs to be enforced by all of us!

  2. I have pingbacks enabled here on WordPress plus I use Google Alerts to monitor my content.

  3. Thomas, you posted some very helpful information a few years ago about how to handle sploggers who (without regard) boldly re-purpose our content without our permission. I was a victim of this very same thing last year when someone lifted my Tuesday Tips Category and set them up to publish at their new Posterous Spaces (a startup service that officially closed their doors this year). Well, I followed your instructions and that Splogger’s site was shut down in no time. Thank you for being vigilant about this and teaching us how to be vigilant too. Because of you I’ve been able to successfully protect all of my genealogy content so far!

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