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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Blog Stolen Again!

Well, I guess imitiation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery. But I must confess that, this time, the main emotion I felt on seeing yet another unauthorized copy of this blog floating around the Internet was extreme irritation. At least, now I knew how to proceed.

A few months back, I posted about the shock of learning someone had cloned my blog, and the subsquent struggle to get the illicit copy taken down. This time around, I knew exactly what to do. The offending copy appeared at http://www.pkblogs.com/weblensblogs and at http://www.inblogs.net/weblensblogs. A quick WHOIS check revealed that these sites are hosted by DreamHost.com.

I fired off an email to DreamHost's abuse reporting address, citing the infraction and the name and contact information of the offender (all of which is usually available through a WHOIS query).

A big thumbs-up to DreamHost! Unlike Blogger, they were fast to respond and very co-operative, advising me that — once again — I needed to file a formal complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But before I even got that far, I heard back from DreamHost: they had contacted their customer to warn that a complaint was coming. That was all it took. The offending copies were gone in less than 24 hours.

13 comments:

Richard said...

You should probably still send the complaint, so that it can "officially be on file" (whatever that means). It might keep the person from doing it to somebody else. Perhaps even include wayback or google cache evidence.

Joe Hagarty said...

Thanks again Pam for your great site. I appreciate the info I receive as a part of your e-mail list.

Pam said...

Thanks Joe.

Jon Beebe said...

Piracy, theft, gets on my nerves! I just recently had someone take my debit card and make many unauthorized purchases on it. FRAUD is a horrible thing... I'm glad to see you quickly resolved your problem. I can't believe someone would actually clone someone elses blog, its good you found it though!

Jon Beebe
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http://www.konnectlink.com/jb
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Pam said...

Yes, it's discouraging sometimes.

Rose said...

Congrats. I'm glad that they handled this.

Pam said...

Thanks Rose.

Homie Bear said...

How did you find the rip? I sometimes worry that the artwork I commission solely for my blog is gtting used elsewhere but I have no idea how to find out for sure.

Pam said...

Hi Homie Bear. I found the ripoff when I noticed some hits coming from that domain in my site stats. I would otherwise likely have never known.

That's how I found about it the first time my blog got stolen too.

maon said...

another important info for me before I design my very first website..hmm..thanks..

Pam said...

You're welcome :-)

DONOTCOPY said...

Great site, you should consider using prevention, like DoNotCopy.

no said...

Sorry, forgot a link donotcopy.org