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My Blogspot Content Theft Nightmare

Msg#: 4333995 posted 12:55 am on Jul 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hello all!

I'm the recent victim of content theft, and here's what happened. The scumbag that I tracked down in China scraped one of my entire sites and posted the content on at least 20 different Blogspot accounts.

This resulted in my site getting penalized and the Blogspot sites now outrank me! The only fun part I've got out of the deal is the idiot was dumb enough to use one of my remotely hosted images. I changed that particular image into a giant #*$! image.

The amazing thing is how extremely difficult it is to deal with situations like this with Google. It's nearly impossible to get to a real human.

I emailed several times explaining the issue and had replies like "We've reviewed your complaint, but it is unclear to us what the specific copyrighted work or works are that you are asserting have been infringed."

They also don't seem to care that there are about 20 #*$! images on the spam sites with Adsense ads on them.

Has anyone else out there had problems with Blogspot and other scrapers?

I'm not sure what the solution is, but I'm starting to think about going offline and starting a hot dog cart business! :S



Msg#: 4333995 posted 1:34 pm on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

or make it a 65536 x 65536 png file..... most browsers don't really like those :p


Msg#: 4333995 posted 4:45 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Update - checked again and most of the sites were still up. I have reported them several times to Blogspot and Adsense.

They simply don't care.

This time I've added a HUGE Bing logo and am reporting them again.

I'll have to try the giant png image technique you just suggested...


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Msg#: 4333995 posted 9:31 pm on Jul 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

do you have the image rights for that image (and the pron one you used before) because if you haven't then you are doing the exact same thing you are accusing others of, e.g. stealing content.

I was thinking in the opposite direction. If you rewrite to an ostentatiously copyrighted image on someone else's site, you're not stealing it yourself-- but the scraper is.

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