Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Hip Waders Required
There is a know-nothing jackass out there on the abysmal Blogspot who is wholesale copy/pasting posts from other weblogs. Now, we certainly do not pretend this site is the new Messiah (that job is all wrapped up, no?), but it’s damned irritating when some little twit without two original thoughts to rub together misrepresents your work as their own.
But Hazel, you ask, what can you do? Well, Google, the entity who owns Blogger, provides a “how to make a DMCA complaint” page for our use. But do read the fine print:
Please note that a copy of each legal notice we receive is sent to a third-party partner for publication and annotation. As such, your letter (with your personal information removed) will be forwarded to Chilling Effects (http://www.chillingeffects.org) for publication. You can see an example of such a publication at http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca512/notice.cgi?NoticeID=861. A link to your published letter will be displayed in Google’s search results in place of the removed content.
Do you get any say in the publication of your private correspondence with Google? Nope. If you send in the DMCA notice, they’re going to publish it. And saying you don’t want them to do so means exactly nothing.
Congratulations, Google. That’s quite the innovative way to cut down on the amount of paperwork with which your legal department has to deal. Because I am damned sure not sending in a complaint under these ludicrous circumstances. The plagiarist in question probably gets all of four visitors per day, and those are all him, desperately hoping someone has finally noticed his little site. I, personally, am content to allow him to remain in freakish obscurity…
Since I can’t, you know, challenge him to a duel.
UPDATE: Well, freakboy has decided to out himself by whinging on this very blog, so it might be a good idea for you fellow blogging folks to check and see how much of YOUR work they have likewise lifted from your sites. Not only is he sufficiently stupid as to copy/paste Robb’s entire post, but he was idiotic enough to allow a pingback, which is what tipped us off in the first place. He clearly doesn’t quite grasp this whole blogging thing, maybe we should take up a donation to buy him a ball. He can’t hurt himself with a ball, right?