Stop, thief!

If you are a food blogger, I can almost guarantee that this insidious person has ripped off your posts. This person has no original content but only copies hundreds of posts (and steals bandwidth) without giving credit. At least three of my entries have appeared word for word on this site. Some prominent victims include Martha Stewart, David Lebovitz, Yum Sugar and Delicious Days. I notified Blogger, and they’re still looking into it.

If your site is being copied, here’s what you can do (via Google’s copyright guidelines).

1.Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon. This post must include identification of the specific posts, as opposed to entire sites. Posts must be referenced by the permalink of the post. For example, “The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on http://johndoe.com/test/2006_01_01.html#2106.

2. Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item #1 above.

YOU MUST IDENTIFY EACH POST BY PERMALINK OR DATE THAT ALLEGEDLY CONTAINS THE INFRINGING MATERIAL. The permalink for a post is usually found by clicking on the timestamp of the post. For example, “The blog where my copyrighted work is published on is http://copyright.blogspot.com/archives/2006_01_02_example.html.”

3. Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit Google to contact you (email address is preferred).

4. Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material described above on the allegedly infringing web pages is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”.

5. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”

6. Sign the paper.

7. Send the written communication to the following address:

Google, Inc.
Attn: Google Legal Support, Blogger DMCA Complaints
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

OR fax to:

(650) 618-2680, Attn: Blogger Legal Support, DMCA Complaints

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  1. dena said,

    You don’t have to be a food blogger to have your content stolen. Someone took my ENTIRE SITE, merely changing the color, photos and the name. I found out when his daughter emailed me asking if they could use SOME of my articles. What a lesson he taught his daughter!!

    September 18, 2007 at 6:56 am

  2. Mirko said,

    I’ve got a big problem with people deep linking my pictures (on the Shanghai site (http://shanghai-mj.blogsopt.com)). So I pay for the traffic while my picture part of their site. On the cooking blog I got round the stealing by framing the articles in .pdf containers. Though I still got an order of magnitude more .pdf downloads than access to my site…

    September 30, 2007 at 2:18 am

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