I was doing some ego searching and came across a blog who has re-published my post as their own, what’s with that! Check out this post at mindblast, it’s my post, but there is no link to my blog, and the author is labelled as someone else.
Here is the original post which is from my blog, you will notice the 1st couple of paragraphs are missing as well as the last sentence.
Someone has also left a comment saying it’s a nice list and where did he get it from…well that’s just it isn’t it, you shouldn’t have to ask, as it should be linked back to the source, and on top of it not be claimed as your own…since it has a few bits missing the least would be to quote it from my post, and link back.
At first I thought it was a clipping type action where the post is re-published from an RSS reader and for some reason it wasn’t linking to the source, but what about the author’s name.
But then I noticed it wasn’t a software problem as some of the post has been deleted just leaving the listed items.
So you might say how did I find this post if I was ego searching (seeing who links to me) as I’ve mentioned one of the problems is they don’t link back to me, well the only reason I found this post is that I’m referencing one of my own posts at the end, so that’s how I found it.
This may be happening with other posts that people are claiming as their own, but how would you know, maybe a tool like Copyscape helps, but all it found was some of my posts in a Blogdigger search…also with Copyscape you have to manually check, it isn’t a magic scout that checks and alerts you when someone is ripping you off!
So this isn’t an RSS re-syndicating issue (which we accept), this is outright plagiarism!
PS: I can’t seem to find their email, and instead of leaving a comment on their blog, what better than to achieve the same thing by using trackback, and broadcasting at the same time.