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    Blog content thief

    A few weeks ago someone copied my blog content and post it in his blog. I noticed that he copied 100% same as mine. I wonder if he had done it using bot or something.

    Could someone tell me how it's done?
    Bot or traditional copy and paste?

    BTW I already told him to removed the content from his site.

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    Can the person be sued if the contents are not removed?

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    I guess can.But it will involve lawyer and all those stuffs.Of course it will consume time and money.I think that the best way is to contact the web host and report the prob.

    Back to my question.
    If that guy used bot to copy my content, I'm thinking of an idea how to counter it.

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    you can report to the webhost, adsense, etc etc to get the site banned if he refuse to remove your content. usually, that site must have been copying many others content elsewhere.

    I think it is done manually as it doesn't take a lots of effort to copy a site content.

    its not worth sueing him unless you content makes thousands of dollar a day or so.

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    These things do happen. Did he give a link back to the source (your blog)? Anyway, even if he gives back a link, it's still copyright infringement.

    I have posted somewhere on this forum abt a person who posted over a hundred articles a month... and it seems all the articles are from other sources... but at least he states his sources and links back to them..... but it's still risky unless explicit persmission was granted by the original copyright holder.

    Are you providing full RSS feeds? It might be easier for a person to accumulate content from many other blogs thru RSS reader

    PS:
    Google search engine is able to detect duplicate contents... and mass copying may be penalized .... so whoever plans to go the easy way to get contents, think twice.

    And some tips for beginners, you can't copy en bloc (sentences/paragraphs)..... but you can reuse facts and ideas. Basically, FACTS and IDEAS are NOT copyrighted.... it's the way of presenting the facts/ideas, the complete text/sentences ARE copyrighted. So we need to explain the facts and ideas in OUR OWN WORDS ... even better to add some original ideas and opinions
    Last edited by yonghs; 04-05-2007 at 08:59 AM.

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    Actually, if he(maybe she) who isn't a real "thief", want to share your blog contents with his visitors, he can use the track url(do your blog have?) and then let the visitors linked to your blog and read that post in *your* blog. In this way, it's legal. You should talk to him about doing like this if you think he isn't a thief. If he really a thief, i guess you have to report to the hosting company/website before you bring this to court.

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    thanks for the reply.
    I'm thinking of a way to avoid RSS content stealing by writing this piece of Javascript code:

    Script.js
    Code:
    if (document.domain=="blogeeknet")
    {
    document.write('powered by blogeeknet')
    }
    else
    {
    document.write('<style><!-- @import url(pwn.css); --></style>'
    + '<div class="pwn"><p align=center><br><b>OMG!<br>You stole my content!</p></div>');
    }
    pwn.css
    Code:
    div.pwn{
    z-index: 1;
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 300%;
    background-color: black;
    color: white;
    }
    All I've to do is to include this snippet in every post.

    Code:
    <script src= "blogeeknet/script.js"></script>

    But this works only if the thief use BOT to copy the whole content.If not,the thief might remove the <script src> part

    I wonder if this can be done in real life. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by takatoo View Post
    thanks for the reply.
    I'm thinking of a way to avoid RSS content stealing by writing this piece of Javascript code:

    Script.js
    Code:
    if (document.domain=="blogeeknet")
    {
    document.write('powered by blogeeknet')
    }
    else
    {
    document.write('<style><!-- @import url(pwn.css); --></style>'
    + '<div class="pwn"><p align=center><br><b>OMG!<br>You stole my content!</p></div>');
    }
    pwn.css
    Code:
    div.pwn{
    z-index: 1;
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 300%;
    background-color: black;
    color: white;
    }
    All I've to do is to include this snippet in every post.

    Code:
    <script src= "blogeeknet/script.js"></script>

    But this works only if the thief use BOT to copy the whole content.If not,the thief might remove the <script src> part

    I wonder if this can be done in real life. :-/
    Perhaps, It works only when it is directly linked.

    If the whole contents (the rendered HTML) are saved as another script owned by others, the defense is easily hacked.

    If the whole contents are copied/pasted (for text values) and saved as another script owned by others, javascript is certainly not working as it is not copied over.

    The client-side security is hardly working 100%.
    Last edited by genzy; 04-05-2007 at 10:50 PM.

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    I just saw another Malaysian site ... full of info and many pages ... but all the contents are lifted from other sites .... pretty depressing.

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    genzy>I guess that you're totally right.
    Avoiding content thief is not that easy.

    yonghs>I agree that reusing ideas and facts is not wrong.But it's kind of funny to find out that many Malaysian top bloggers [no offense] are recycling ideas from other bloggers.


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    I was merely trying to point out that 'facts & ideas' are not copyright protected... well, that's the law.

    Anyhow, they have to explain and write the facts/ideas in their OWN words/sentences. I'm always against en bloc copying of contents ... it's unethical and unlawful.

    Yea, just within the last week I've seen 2 sites(blogs) with ALL contents copied from other sites.... I'm not sure if they are even aware of the copyright law...anyhow, they are putting themselves in risk.
    Last edited by yonghs; 05-05-2007 at 12:30 PM.

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    Somehow I feel like blogs are just like homeworks.

    If you finish first,your friend will copy yours.
    If your friend finish first,you'll copy your friend's.
    You can copy your friend's as long as you use your own words.
    You can copy your friend's as long as you don't get caught.
    Sometimes your friend copies your homeworks without permission and sometimes your friend copies yours but teacher gives higher mark to your friend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by takatoo View Post
    sometimes your friend copies yours but teacher gives higher mark to your friend.
    Experienced before during studying. A group of students copied mine (programming course project) built from sketch by my hands throughout days and nights and the teacher gave higher mark to that group. Hiyo...

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    takatoo,

    You may want to look at this, it can scan the web for unathorised use of your content..... and also can put their banner "Page Protected by CopySpace. Do Not Copy" on your site for free

    Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search - Web Site Content Copyright Protection

    Not 100% foolproof of course but something worth looking at

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonghs View Post
    takatoo,

    You may want to look at this, it can scan the web for unathorised use of your content..... and also can put their banner "Page Protected by CopySpace. Do Not Copy" on your site for free

    Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search - Web Site Content Copyright Protection

    Not 100% foolproof of course but something worth looking at
    Cool. Thanks for sharing.

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