I do find it irritating when people steal my words for commercial gain. (Shoes). I don’t particularly mind when they do so for non-commercial use which is why I’ve chosen the creative commons licence which permits non-commercial use. (Stilettos). But if you want to make money out of words, make it out of your own damn words. (Sandals). As you remember, the last time this happened I contacted the individual concerned and asked for an invoice address, and they apologised and removed the material.
This time it’s one of those sites which says something like “Aphra’s site is fantastic – here’s her post on internet theivery” and then quotes the first 50 words with a link to the rest of the post. (Wedgies). The thief makes their money off the adds surrounding the post. (Heelies). They presumably have google set to notify them of any posts in the blogosphere on their specific subject – in this case shoes (hence the podal tourettes – I want to see if the theif captures this in their fishing net) – and they probably automate the process of copying and pasting them too.
I confess to being amused that the thief removed my first two comments on the post in which I politely explained that I objected to the thievery. I’m even sneakily impressed that the wording of the post has changed to “Aphra Behn is very entertaining” which shows an almost British use of the word. Me, I’m finding the situation tedious, but there you go.
Anyways, I’ve now contacted the ISP with my complaint and we shall see what – if anything – happens.
Update:Success! I went round in circles with the ISP for a while; their dispute policy has loads of hoops. However, I’ve just received a polite email from someone’s gmail account (presumably the blogger not the ISP) saying that the post has been removed and thanking me for my patience. Fine words butter my parsnips, so I’m more than happy with that. I’m curious to know if the ISP contacted the site owner, but it’s likely I never will know.
Hilariously, their bot picked up and plagiarised this post too, though it does show signs of hand crafting, since it starts after the end of the first sentence. I’ve asked them to remove it, but once again I am sneakily impressed. I am tempted to set up a blog and publish nonsense with the word “shoes” in the title of every post, but I do have a life, and I am not that petty. Devious, yes. Petty, no.