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Update: The offending site seems to have been removed by Blogger. I really appreciate their quick response to my complaint and hope that all cases of content-theft will be dealt with in a similar manner.
I'm really annoyed now. :evil: I just found that my Linux self-hosting HOWTO article has been copied by a blogspot.com splog (I will not bother linking to the offending website). I am particularly enraged by this, because it's an article I took a lot of trouble over and will not have third-party sites profit by it.
I went through the trouble of reporting this infringement to blogger/google and I got an officious, automated response which wanted me to file a formal complaint through fax or by regular post. There was a lot of legal junk in that e-mail which I found hard to wade through with equanimity in my current state of mind.
Let me make one thing clear. I don't have the time or resources to go the legal route and secondly, how on earth do I find out who really stole my content? Most sploggers are anonymous anyway. All I'm asking is that google remove the article from that URL as soon as they can verify that it's a violation of their ToS. Simple, right? I've provided the necessary proof by linking to my own article as well. Do I, as an individual with limited time and money, have to go through so much trouble just to get my due? I am the affected party here and it's infamous to be put through so much hassle just to ensure that my content is protected against blatant copyright violators.
Just consider this: It takes two or three seconds to rip off another's hard work by hitting the Copy and Paste buttons. Why should it take complicated legal procedure to undo that? Why should I spend so much effort drafting a legal document and send it, wasting money on international postal charges and so on, particularly when the anonymous content thief will almost definitely get away with it? It's like being punished for being in the right. Absolutely ridiculous.
I know that the google/blogger staff must be receiving tons of complaints of this nature. Is it really hard for them to verify content theft particularly with the kind of resources they have at hand? Please act against content thieves, google!
Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 21:56 IST (last updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2007 @ 13:39 IST)