Imitation and Theft are Two Different Things

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?

Googlebomb: Plagiarist, plagiarism, plagiarizing. Plagiarist, plagiarism, plagiarizing. Plagiarist, plagiarism, plagiarizing. Plagiarist, plagiarism, plagiarizing.

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9 Responses to “Imitation and Theft are Two Different Things”

  1. doubleplusundead Says:
    May 13th, 2008

    I had a plagiarist, turned out he was a Vice-Chair of the Minnesota GOP. He plagiarized two other people too. I spent about a week trying to find a way to contact the tool, including contacting the MNGOP through email. After a week of that nonsense, I decided to give him some unwanted PR. He was kicked off a site he contributed to after an hour of my post and blogosphere PR blitz, and with two or three, he not only removed the offending text, he said he shutting down, scrubbed his blog a bit later and was pretty much driven off the intarwebs.

    I’d also recommend posting the offending site to make sure no one else you missed was plagiarized and maybe send it out to people so they can post for people to check, then go after the guy. Take screencaps of what they copied from you so you have proof if they scrub, just for your own record.

    If its a splogger, its a whole different ballgame. I haven’t had one that I know of, but I know others have, and I’ll send you some links to where they’ve given suggestions to deal with sploggers if you want.

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  2. Madrocketscientist Says:
    May 13th, 2008

    what site is being bad?

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  3. bussorah Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    Hazel, honey

    Ted THANKED me for running it

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  4. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    He was being SARCASTIC, you fucking moron. Consider your ass DMCA-ed.

    I will also be taking the time to email every other person you’ve plagiarized posts from, so you’d best be getting yourself off the Intarwebs, posthaste.

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  5. Drumwaster Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    He can’t hurt himself with a ball, right?

    Better make sure he has his inflatable boxing gloves on so he can’t pick it up, or he will certainly try to eat the damned thing.

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  6. Old Iron Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    Wow. Talk about a window licker. I went to his site and read his new “disclaimer” post that talks about how he reposts (steals) almost all of his current content and that it should be considered a compliment.

    What an asshat.

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  7. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    “Window licker…” Thanks for that, needed that laugh. :)

    The plagiarists always think they’re being complimentary, which I just find hilarious.

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  8. Ted Says:
    May 14th, 2008

    Let’s see if he decides to publish this comment I just left on his site:

    I was using a device called ‘sarcasm’, I’m sorry you didn’t understand that. You were correct in thinking that Robb’s piece was very well done, and we do not ordinarily mind when someone decides to use a quote from any given post, as long as proper accreditation is given. But you took it upon yourself to copy the entire post, and not even mention where it came from except to put a little bitty “here” that tagged back to the site. It would have been appropriate for you to either mention our site by name, or to quote a small portion or the post with something like “read the rest over at The Line is Here” and then tag back to it. We would ask that you would edit your post to reflect origination, whether that be our site or Robb’s site, Sharp as a Marble. If you are unable to edit your post, which should be relatively easy, I would at least ask that you refrain from personal attacks upon Hazel Stone. It makes you look like a misogynist who is just trying to pick on a girl. I mean really, calling her ‘honey’ and ‘hormonal’ is beneath you.

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  9. The Whited Sepulchre Says:
    May 17th, 2008

    Now that I’ve read your post and the comments, I couldn’t help laughing at the motto in the top right corner of the Strange Justice blog:

    The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted — not very complex but often not achieved.

    Hmmmmmm…..

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