Thanks to a fellow blogger, I was recently informed that both of my blogs, What’s On My PC (hosted at WordPress.com) and Bookmarks4Techs (hosted at Blogger) were being duplicated (word for word) on another WordPress hosted blog. Some of my logos and graphics were even being used. Today, I noticed that the site is now marked private so that no one can view the content.
I have had this happen before, but not to the degree which it was in this particular case, and trying to remember what I did before to rectify the problem had completely left me. Therefore, I was back to researching and taking care of this problem again; however, this time around I decided to post links (in an article of my own) where you can get help if your blog (or blogs) are hosted by either WordPress.com or Blogger. This article will also go to serve me (and possibly you) in the future, because I know this will happen again. Note: It is important we bloggers stick together and alert each other when we see that our work has been compromised.
I suggest that if this happens to you, that you take down the URL address of the site, take some screenshots of the offending site and politely contact the author (perpetrator). Inform the perpetrator what you are seeing, inform them to take down the site immediately, and that you have contacted the hosting service that is hosting the site. Usually this will take care of the problem.
In this particular case, I came to the conclusion that the intent of this person was to copy my material and was not some pimply kid who did not know better; therefore, politeness was not in my vocabulary. As a matter of fact, it took me some time to find a hole on the site to where I could actually leave a comment, which further cemented my conclusion. Once I did find a hole to leave a comment, it was just a matter of time I noticed that the perpetrator had taken the site down from public view and now has it set at private view. I am hoping that following my contact with support at WordPress [ CLICK HERE ] they will take the site down permanently.
To help (me) and you in the future, should your blog be stolen, scraped or unlawfully copied AND your blog is hosted either by WordPress.com or Blogger, follow the links below to help you get started toward the removal of the offending site:
Also, another insightful article that I found very helpful, was posted at Blogger-Hints-And-Tips:
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