They say that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but, plagiarism is not. It’s theft and it’s illegal.
Unfortunately, my most recent post, “Is Pope Benedict XVI A Rebel” has been plagiarized. It’s been re-posted in its entirety, word for word, photo by photo, into what seems to be some sort of site that captures and posts anything written with the word “pope” in its tags/title. That also includes designers and other articles/sites that have nothing to do with the pontiff.
The plagiarizing site “Poperesigns.net” may be operating out of some type of software that automatically copies blog posts, articles or site content that comes across an RSS Feed with the keyword “Pope” in it and automatically posts the entire article or post with a link-back to the originating site/blog.
This is not to be considered a “ping-back” as the entry has been copied in its entirety, not just a portion of it and, the link-back as a “source” is not considered a “source link” but, rather a total plagiarized version of the original article.
I have given the site operators/owners 24 hours to remove my article from their site. If they do not comply with my request, I will be contacting DMCA and having this pursued further.
There was no request from the site to re-post my blog with a back link nor, was there any follow-up communication from the owner. There are many other’s works who have had their pieces stolen on this site as well.
I urge all bloggers to keep track of their entries. Stay vigilant because you never know who is stealing your hard thought-out words for their own purposes.
This is not flattery. This is theft and it is illegal.
Any further suggestions would be appreciated.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this entry plagiarized as well since it contains the word, “pope” in it….which will also prove that this is an automated steal.