As some of you know by now, not very long ago I discovered that all my posts were being pirated by this parasitic website, news.sysmaya.net. Since then two bloggers have contacted me with a similar discovery — they are being pirated.
While trying to find advice on how to tackle this extremely disabling problem (I’m now less inclined to write here), I have come across other writers complaining about the piracy of their e-books.
It is with some measure of relief that I have found that there are a few things that an affected writer/blogger can do to seek some kind of justice. Kissmetrics writer Kristi Hines explores these solutions in a detailed and eye-opening article which you’ll get a chance to read later in this post.
Here is a synopsis of some of her recommended approaches:
1. Create a Google Alert for your posts. Google Alerts will do searches across the Web and inform you each time it finds your content duplicated on the Web. Quick Tip: To narrow and refine your searches, put quotation marks around the name of your website or your name. For example: “How to Catch Content Thieves.”
2. Copyscape is a search engine that can also help you search for your pirated content. Copy and paste your URL in the search slot and the site will return finds of websites using the exact language.
3. Check your site’s Webmaster Tools to see which sites are linking to your content. You can then check out whether these links are legitimate or not.
4. Find the culprit using a site called Whois Look Up.
5. Exert your rights under United States law with a DMCA Take Down Notice. You can visit the DMCA site and pay for one of two options it offers to get your stolen content taken down. According to the site, the DMCA can also execute these actions on your behalf in whichever country the content scraper resides.
6. Embed an RSS footer plug-in into your posts. (I’m not certain if this will work for WordPress.com users)
Ebook Piracy and Reblogging
Are you a victim of ebook piracy? This guest post by Kathryn Goldman, an intellectual property attorney sheds some light on some recourses you can take.
Blogger/Author Molly Greene also had a bit to say about people who reblog whole posts without the writer’s permission. Read 5 Ways Re-Posting Other Bloggers’ Content Rips Them Off.
Based on feedback from other bloggers who have had similar experiences, chasing down content scrapers and pirates can become a tedious pursuit, one many have decided is not worth the time and expense.
Those who have achieved successful take-downs advise that a good dose of persistence, along with some legal muscle is the way to get results.
They say knowledge is power. Now I know what my options are, I will be able to detect more content thieves (though I pray God they stay away from my site), and in the words of Bob Marley can ‘chase those crazy baldheads out of town’.