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I run a community site for my area, mainly to provide information. I spend a lot of time creating content.
I have just had several people commandeering my content lately.
Two days ago a someone posted about 4th of July activities on another site's forum . . . . copied and pasted directly from my site. I'm glad they found it useful, but they could at least reference where they found it and give a link back.
Then I found another new local site in my log files. The pictures in their logo and in their flash header I swear are directly from my image gallery. I took them myself, so I'm pretty positive. All the pictures are in public areas, so of course they could have gone and taken them themselves, but I think they are mine.
This site also has my homepage in an iframe. I don't have the RSS feeds published, so I'm not sure how they are including it. It doesn't display the whole site, but just the news section.
Should I just figure it's a link back and not worry about it? It's such an ugly site too.
complement > imitation > irritation > outright theft
Personally, if someone copied more than 2 paragraphs of my orig. content, or put my site in an iframe, it's over the line.
Like I said, it's just the news portion of my site, the main content. But it's not like a regular RSS feed. I have graphic section headers and that displays as well.
I think it's a DNN site. Someone is launching a "community of 1,640 sites" using this model. The first one that launched has their local paper in the iframe for news.
I guess I should taking it as a compliment that they are going to my site for news rather than the two local papers. Or is it just that my site is easier to steal from?
As far as the images if you took them with a digital camera there's a chance the exif data is still intact. It really depends on what software was used to process them if they were re-sized or anything else from the time they left the camera. You can read this data with image software or a free program called Exifer, it usually contains the date and time the image was taken, camera model, ...even if the flash was used. Just compare it to yours.