Our good friend Mark (aka Podz) sent me an email this morning warning me against this site that popped up on his local radar —
— because that site was stealing our Urban Semiotic content via a faked “BolesBooks” subdomain — which I own as a full domain but not as that blog URL — I visited that thieving site and responded to Mark:
Hi Mark —
Yeah. Depressing. There isn’t anything we can technically do to thwart
that, right? It is especially displeasing since I don’t allow any
outside advertising on my blog. The rolling blogroll for that page
links even more dismay:
That kind of theft of name and intellectual property is what goaded me
into claiming my most valuable domain names as *.wordpress.com URLs so
I can protect my master plan for future expansion and dialogue using
the brand names I built.
How does Google handle that kind of theft? Does the original author get
punished for the duplicate content?
The stealing sites appear to be connected to sebabki.com
— a link farm host in Prague — so I agree there’s really no way to
stop the stealing by asking them to knock it off.
Are you aware of any ways to stop them on the WordPress.com end?
I hate this kind of thing, but at least they’re linking the real
article! The worst is when they copy and paste everything and don’t
give you one iota of evidence that you wrote the actual article.
Thanks for the heads up!
I wonder if anything can ever really be done to kill this kind of theft
of ideas and meaning and writing, or all we all doomed — we, the
producers of original material — and meant to suffer at the lesser
hands of those that choose to copy and paste our hopes and dreams for
their own selfish profit?
I’m sure this article will cause even more thievery and deceit in the
good BolesBooks name!