“If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by.” – Proverb
“The tribe has spoken. It’s time for you to go.” Jeff Probst, Survivor
In Monday’s post about the latest plagiarist, I talked about how WordPress.com is wonderfully responsive to complaints of plagiarism. Whenever I find my work copied on a blog hosted at WordPress.com, I email the blogger first to talk them into taking it down. If they don’t respond or comply, I just file a DMCA request via email, and WordPress takes the offending pages down within a day or two. I don’t bother alerting the community if it’s just one or two posts, or if I’m the only guy who’s been ripped off. I’d rather just get the problem fixed, move past it, and let the plagiarist lick their wounds in private.
Unfortunately, not every host responds like WordPress.com, and the problem gets worse with self-hosted and international sites.
For the last year, I’ve been struggling with another site that’s copying my stuff:
Pardon my French, but I hate these bastards.
- They’re physically copy/pasting my articles. If you see the “Read more” link, that’s what happens when you copy/paste content off my web page thanks to Tynt.com, a great tool for bloggers that I’ll be discussing later this week. This jerk is just going to my page, highlighting what he likes, copying it, and pasting it into his own blog.
- They’re hotlinking to my images. The error message you see (it even includes BrentO!) resides on i.brentozar.com, my caching site, and I pay whenever someone views that image. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not expensive, but this lazy no-good bum is costing me money.
- They’re ripping off my stuff, Microsoft TechNet, MSSQLTips, and a bunch of you bloggers.
- They have no contact link to send email, and no personally identifying information.
- They’re using UmbraHosting.com, and that crappy hosting company doesn’t respond to DMCA requests or emails. They’re effectively condoning plagiarism.
A few days ago, I was ecstatic to see that the domain name had lapsed without being renewed, and the site went down. Gail Shaw and I were cheering that this bozo had finally bit the dust, but like a zombie, he’s back from the dead.
So I give. I can’t get this site to die, and that’s where you come in. I can’t offer a bounty to whoever gets the plagiarism removed off that site, because that’ll be too tough to prove, so I’ll offer a reward instead.
When that site is no longer serving plagiarized material (either because it’s taken down altogether, or the plagiarized material is gone) I’ll donate $250 to the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation in the name of the SQL Server community.
C’mon, people. Show me what ya got. Ferret out the owner of this site, get in contact with the hosting company, and show off your ability to play Internet Detective.
Update Nov 18th – it’s down! I’m going to wait a few days to make sure they stay down, and then I’m ecstatic to make the $250 donation to the EFF.
Update December 4th – in the last couple of weeks it went up and came down a couple of times, but their web host has assured me they won’t let it go online again with copyrighted material intact. To celebrate, I’ve made the $250 donation to the EFF. Yay, rights protection! I got a swag package for the $250 donation, and I’ll give that away on my blog when I get it.