Content theft


This blog used to have two different URL’s — castingoutnines.wordpress.com as well as castingoutnines.net. The latter was a holdover from the days I self-hosted this blog, and when the domain name registration period drew to a close in December of last year, I opted not to renew, since I think most people come here from an RSS feed or otherwise use the WordPress.com domain.

Well, that might have turned out to be a mistake, because as JackieB on Twitter informed me earlier this evening, someone has purchased the castingoutnines.net domain name and is using it to plagiarize content from here. I’ve spent about 90 minutes just now going through the “fake” CO9’s site, and all totalled, there were 53 blog posts copied in their entirety from here, and the “About” and “What is Casting Out Nines?” pages. Of course I was not given attribution for any of this.

WordPress.com has this helpful page on what steps to take if your content gets stolen. I’m in the process of putting together a DMCA infringement notice to send to Hostmonster, the service hosting the fake blog. In the meanwhile, I’ve also changed the RSS settings so that only post summaries are put into the feed; I hate these partial RSS feeds, but unfortunately this seems like a necessary anti-scraping measure. I’ve also posted a Creative Commons license over in the sidebar to make the terms of using my posts unambiguous.

Unfortunately there’s nothing I can do to wrest the castingoutnines.net domain name from the registrant (who, according to a whois search, is somebody in Israel), so if you are still using that URL to get here, switch to castingoutnines.wordpress.com. Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience.

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2 responses to “Content theft

  1. Hi Robert!

    I’ve had to send DMCA takedown notices as well, due to copyright infringement. Most hosts are pretty good about that sort of thing.

    Just a suggestion: you might ad the ND (No Derivatives) clause to your CC license. Otherwise, you’ll have to fight derivative-work claims of your copyrighted work, as well.

    (I had one scraper claim that, since he was ASCII-encoding my work, that the result was a derivative work – even though the rendered output was identical, and even though I never licensed anyone to make derivative works.)

    Best of luck!

    (p.s. in the future, I would hang on to reasonably valuable domain names, such as CO9! Domain registration can be had for $5-10 per year – which is already exceeded by the value of your time spent fighting the scraper who bought CO9.)

  2. You can also try this plugin: http://yoast.com/wordpress/rss-footer/ (if available on wordpress.com), which enables you add a line a content to your feed that provides a link back to your blog and explains where the feed came from. Mine has a copyright notice and a link to my blog.