“The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.” Terry Pratchett, ‘Sourcery’
Well it had to happen sooner or later I suppose!
And apparently I should be flattered that someone liked my blog content and images so much …
But I wasn’t flattered … I was furious!
A random Google search for something one morning … and I happened upon some text and thought ‘hang on, that sounds like me…’ And it was me! And my blog! And my images! All there – in glorious technicolour … on someone else’s blog!!!
And no – before you ask – I’m not going to give them the time of day and share their name or blog with you…!
It read beautifully – just enough ‘minor changes’ to make it theirs (not!) and a slight change of title – but all of our images – often in the same order – on their posts! They had obviously been on holiday to Portugal recently and thought they could just help themselves to my posts (yes – we are talking in the plural here!!) – and make out they had written it all themselves.
So I was hopping mad as I sat there trawling their blog and seeing my work.
And then I thought – heck – what can I do? Back to Google and another quick search brought up some amazingly helpful sites and links. And in the interest of sharing with you all (in case it happens to you too!) – and in the absolute sense of fairness with appropriate links and thanks – here are the pages I found most useful:
Thank you Joshua – for writing a brilliant post How to Protect Your Website’s Copyright When Someone Steals Your Content
Just go to this post – you won’t need to go anywhere else – brilliantly written advice and drafts of the letters you will need. And a warning – ‘Cease and Desist’ letters and emails are great – but mine were completely ignored – so I went to Typepad (the blog’s host) too.
Every host should have a page which tells you what to do if you suspect Copyright has been breached – they investigated my complaint for me (it took me several hours to put my case together for them) and I got this reply a few days later:
“Thanks for providing requirements of the DMCA. The Owner of the blog has deleted the posts and images”
And here’s another gizmo I have discovered which is just brilliant:
Thank you to the website GHacks.com for this one!
Right Click any of your images and find out where it appears all over the web! I have also started adding metadata to all of our images – so beware! Use my images from my blogs and I will find them!
So – why am I sharing all of this with you? Well partly to let you know – and also to let any other – however well meaning – hackers out there know that it is not nice – or funny – or clever – to nick other people’s work and pass it off as your own. Period. And to let you know that if I find it – I will chase you!
And also to say that I am very happy for people to share my work – if they have my permission – and they credit me properly.
It’s simple really – it’s on our About Us page:
All images contained in this website are copyright © Alyson and David Sheldrake, A3Art unless otherwise attributed. All rights are reserved. Content and images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected or used in any way without express written permission.
So please – enjoy my blog – and feel free to add your comments and thoughts – and if you want to use any of my content or images – please ask me!