Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blog Thieves

Thanks to a tip from a fellow photographer I found that all of my blog entries are being posted on Photo Grind.com without being properly credited to me. It seems they are doing this to a lot of other nature oriented blogs also. To add insult to injury they actually have a copyright notice on each page, so they steal your material and then claim copyright privileges to it.

Stealing Photos And Content-What A Way To Go
Photo by W.Hill Any unauthorized use of this is THEFT



It seems that they are enrolled in AdSense and use this ploy to bring readers to their site. One can file a complaint with Adsense, but they must list all of the posts that were stolen and this must be done by fax or e-mail.

In the future all posts on this blog will include the following:

Original content posted at  http://pawildlifephotographer.blogspot.com/ If this content appears elsewhere without proper accreditation, it is stolen content.


19 comments:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Willard: What a shameful thing to do to a great blog.

Kritter Keeper said...

oh wow, that is awful! i know there is a free copyright site that some bloggers use and post the widget permantely...so sorry! loved your comment on my blog...many thanks. i could talk about the deer all day! still stumped. my buzzards are up the hill, why haven't they cleaned it up and remembered where it was? it did stink but nothing like i have smelled before...a lot of meat inside too...a lot of rain in the past two days too. weird about your hawk...i find it hard to believe that the fawn was in distress but then who knows...so close to the corn yard. do you know anything about brain worm ? dnr in vermont cautioned about it...says corn causes it or contributes to it...do me a fave and respond back of you want on my blog so i can see right away...you don't have a place for me to follow you so i don't get emails...thank you willard!!! what do you think about limp's left front leg? have you seen that before?

Kritter Keeper said...

thanks for adding me to your list! just added you so now i can see your updates...guess what! just saw dailey and vincent last night...not a big fan of bluegrass but the husband is...BUT they were awesome!!! the new bass singer is out of this world...such an innocent looking kid with the most amazing voice! you can get their statler bros. cd at cracker barrel...

Heather said...

You have got to be kidding Willard! I can't even believe they'd do this, what jerks! We need to catch up by the way!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

This kind of thing is why I always add a copyright sign or something in the photos I put on the blog - doesn't stop them but at least readers with discerning know the photo's origins. I got one such blog shut down and even took over their URL for an extra blog of my own.

It is a nuisance but don't let them get you down though.

Coy said...

I just popped over to photogrind and they stole this one too. Pretty cute, here they are telling everyone that they are theives :)

Willard said...

That's why I made the post. I wanted that to happen. Some others who have been ripped off have done something similar.

Tom said...

What.. bas.....I will not say what I think of folks that do stuff like this... Do Adsense have sponcers? If I get time this week I will have a noesy about this Willard...

Denise said...

That's so disgusting!!! I'm very sorry this has been happening to your beautiful photographs. Horrible thing to do.

√ Abraham said...

I see Coy has got you to try the new Blogger template generator. This is one of my favorites and I have tried it several times.

There are some people, me among them, who has used big see-thru letterings or a large © symbol on the face of the picture to prevent this stuff from happening. It used to happen to me and probably still does.

I confronted the people and their response was, "Well, you have RSS Feeds turned on and anybody can see or copy what you publish." And they were right so the idea to use the copyright logo enlarged was used for a while.

Press down on the Alt key and at the same time type 0169 and let up on the Alt key to get the © symbol. If you use a type face like Impact then you will get a thick letter or symbol.

You can also use Windows Live Writer to write your blog posts and in that you can generate anything you want in the way of copyright information right on the picture.

Windows Live Writer

imac said...

As others have said Willard, © it.
If you have Picasa, you can put the © sign any where and any way , also you can fade it too so it does not spoil the shot.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Ugh! I'm so sorry about that theft...that is just awful and I hope some sort of justice is served there. That's SO frustrating. I had someone use one of my photos a few years back with crediting me and that annoyed me enough (but i even knew the person, i can't imagine this crap). I use the watermark thing on everything i put on the blog and resize photos so that they are smaller. Again, sorry about that nonsense! btw - thanks for your nice comments on my blog, much appreciated. You've got some awesome photos!

Mumsy said...

I'm sorry to hear this, but believe me, it's a common thing. It happens to me many times, and tracing them down was very time consuming! I hope Google bans that site..

i beati said...

amazing the gall- but that's America today sadly

Babooshka said...

I had this problem too a while back with blog thieves. I changed my feed form full to short, which meant the post was not fed through another site. Google really don't seem to be clamping down on this. Your work is stunning, and that's the point it's yours.

Misty Dawn said...

Stuff like this just makes me irate!!! I can't talk about it without losing my temper, so I better just keep my fingers quiet. I'm so sorry this has happened to you. It's absolutely disgusting and ILLEGAL!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you so much for informing me of this Willard. I left a fuller comment for you on my blog. From now on I will be putting my name on my pictures as well, not that it will stop them!!

Pam said...

Posting this was the smartest thing to do, Willard. Now we can all share this info with others. I hope this helps to spoil their reputation.

You have created a wonderful blog and your photos are Awesome.
Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature, Willard.

Dale Forbes said...

that really really sucks.

but at least there is a dose of humour in the situation as that stupid site has this blog post listed as well, describing how they are morons.

I see now that Coy also found their re-listing...

idiots