Stories from my Past: Another spammer bites the dust

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If you produce content of any kind you have no doubt had to deal with people stealing it. It is very easy to steal content on the Internet, and websites are often the victims of this. I have had different spammers copy my website and once I get no response to my nice email, I start having to pursue legal tactics.

spammers comicEvery web hosting company has a department that deals with copyright infringements of their customers. Recently for several days, my content was copied, so I asked nicely for the spammer to stop it. When he didn’t, I contacted his hosting company and requested they look into it. They responded several days later saying that he had removed the content. When I looked, the posts were still there with the titles, but the body of the post was gone. That isn’t what I consider removal. So I had to take matters into my own hands.

I looked on his website and discovered that he had scraped content from many other sites. So I contacted the site owners after I did a Google search on the articles he copied. I let them know the scraped article URL, and their original article URL and they thanked me. All ten of them. I don’t know how many complaints a web hosting company has to get about a website, but I think that should do the job.

You know if he had borrowed some content and asked nicely I wouldn’t have done anything. Even if he had stolen the content and wasn’t trying to monetize it, that might have been ok. He was running ads on his site basically getting paid for doing nothing. However when you aren’t credited for your work and you get no response, it’s clear what the intentions are. Don’t do it, people. Give the people who create content the dignity of at least crediting their hard work, even if you plan on stealing it.

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