It sickens me when someone steals our content and blatantly copies and pastes our writing — in total — on their website without our permission. However, I do love the hunt of catching that red-handed thievery, and today, I introduce you to “Tom Jones International” and that site’s theft of our fresh content.
Yesterday, I wrote an article for Boles Blues called — Tom Jones and the Burning Gospel Blues — and, this morning, I discovered that article was copy and pasted in full on the Tom Jones International site as you can see in the screenshot below:
This is the URL for my stolen article on the Tom Jones International website:
Isn’t it interesting how that URL doesn’t reflect the title of my actual stolen article? Here is a link to a PDF capture of the full article theft in case our article is removed from that website.
Discovering the theft was actually pretty easy this time. A Spam Pingback arrived in the BolesBlues.com administration area that ratted out the thievery.
You can see how all the links in the screenshot below directly line up with what I have reported in this post:
I cleared that Spam Pingback from Tom Jones International and published it on the Boles Blues article so you can see it is/was a live and existing link. Here’s the how the Pingback currently looks on that original post in the comments stream:
Checking the Tom Jones International website, I found a contact link in the sidebar for one “Ellen Sterling” — firstname.lastname@example.org — and that must be the same “Ellen” who wrote the paragraph explaining the motive of Tom Jones International in the first screen capture in this report.
I just sent Ellen this email with — “Notice of Copyright Violation: Remove Copied Article” — as the subject:
Ellen Sterling —
You copy and pasted my review of the new Tom Jones article and republished it on your website without my permission:
Delete my article from your website or I can send you a bill for the republishing rights.
I’m surprised that a person with your bio would violate the rights of another author:
Let me know when you have removed my content.
I will let you know if and when I receive a reply from Ellen Sterling.
Ellen also has a relationship with The Huffington Post. Here is a screenshot of her bio page on that website, and isn’t it curious and telling that she promotes herself as an — “award-winning journalist and editor” who “loves to do research” — in light of my stolen article that appears the Tom Jones International website she “owns/moderates?”
Here is a PDF archive of Ellen Sterling’s Huffington Post bio in case it disappears in the future.
Here is a screenshot of a public WHOIS search for “tomjonesintl.com” — and there is, indeed, no doubt “Ellen Diane Sterling” owns and operates the website as the administrative and technical contacts:
Let’s hope Ellen Sterling does the right thing and removes my stolen article from her website and apologizes — in full and without exception — for her transgression against us.
Usually, when these content thieves are caught bloody-handed in their Copyright flaying and infringement, they are immediately indignant and defensive and accusatory — and sometimes they even claim innocence and ignorance — even though copying and pasting and republishing is a conscious, processed, deliberate, act of sabotage against the original author.