Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Just looking at the stuff he’s stolen from me, there are three types ripoff:
1) Complete Copies.
2) Articles where the bulk of the copy is stolen word for word, with a couple of sections added and different screen grabs, which at first glance would make it seem original. Make no mistake, this is still stolen.
3) Articles that, although they are not direct copies, have very similar names, order of content and are published very soon after my articles were released. A quick scan through makes it pretty obvious that they are copies that are trying hard not be be copies. The sort of schoolboy tricks teachers spot a mile off. Since these are pale imitations of the originals it’s hardly worth bothering about.
Fortunately, WordPress.com (and most other services/ISPs) have very clear guidelines on this matter, see “http://automattic.com/dmca/“, so I’m expecting a speedy resolution. I’ve posted comments on the offending posts asking for them to be removed. If they are not I will contact Automattic directly to get them removed. I’m guessing if everyone concerned does the same the blog will be pretty empty very soon.
I think it’s strange that in an industry that relies so heavily on trust and intellectual property a person would think nothing of stealing someone elses work. You might as well put a tag line on your blog reading, “Don’t hire me. I’m gonna steal everything I can from you!”
- I was advised to break the links to his content to avoid giving him extra publicity. 🙂
- It seems trust is not a big deal these days: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/19/rogue_workers_survey/
- Looks like this issue is mostly resolved from my perspective. See here.
- I found another bunch of stolen stuff: