Scienceguide.net is a splogger. They stole my recent MIT article — lock, stock and picture — and posted it at http://www.scienceguide.net/mit-solar-energy-storage-project-puts-big-oil-notice. It was a little post, just a note about something I thought was cool, but I guess I have an intensely possessive nature or something.
Sooo … knowing there was little I could do about it, I did what another WordPress blogger did. I doctored the picture they linked to. The above is what I hope shows on their site now (with all the caching and everything, I’m not sure now what, if anything, is on their site). I hate to direct any traffic their way, but they don’t have any ads up so maybe they aren’t making any money yet. I know, it’s a petty, childish thing to do, but sploggers really piss me off. I feel a little better now that I’ve vented on their site.
By the way, while I was there, I checked some of their other posts, and it looked like all of them had been scraped off WordPress blogs.
If there’s a way to get a note into the actual text they swiped, someone more tech savvy than I will have to explain to me how to do it. Meantime, maybe I’ll start sticking a copyright notice or signature into every post. Eh, who am I kidding; there’s no real way to fight these guys, is there?
Note, 8/11/2008: It appears that ScienceGuide.net is hosted by GoDaddy.com. I finally drilled down far enough on the GoDaddy site to find some of their legal notices. There’s a link in there for reporting copyright violations. It looks like the denial of access to my stolen post is all that GoDaddy or Science Guide is willing to do. So I guess everybody on WordPress who has been scraped by ScienceGuide needs to report it to GoDaddy via this link. If enough people do it, maybe the site will be shut down.
Note, 8/13/2008: Progress! I just checked out ScienceGuide.net and they now have Google ads up. That means you can lodge complaints with Google. They do require either snail mail or fax, however. To read how to lodge a complaint with them, go here. Again, since access to my stolen post has been blocked, I don’t know if a complaint from me will accomplish anything, but I’m going to try.
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