Monday, June 14, 2010

I've Been Cloned!


There's a site out there EDIT: I've deleted the link because that weasel doesn't deserve a link--that has full posts and pictures from yours truly! I'm not talking about friendly links and plugs, but everything! I'm not against using images from other sources--we all do it--but this is bizarre. I'm not sure whether to be flattered or not. Whatever the case, it's there and that's that. I just wish that my clone would post some of its own entries and allow me to be the doppleganger once in awhile...Check your blogs and see if it's happening to you...

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  1. Unfortunately I've had the same experience and had to warn people on my blog about it: http://flapperdays.blogspot.com/2010/03/crying-over-creativity.html

    Apparently there are tons of sites that just copy other people's work :(

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  2. Don't be flattered, that's just plain stealing. Whether you know it or not, your blog posts are considered intellectual property. From what I can see they don't even credit you.

    Send them a polite message or comment on the post letting them know that they can link to your site but not steal entire posts. If they don't comply you can report them to blogger for copyright infringement.

    Just to be safe I would also post a copyright notice somewhere on your blog to deter others from taking your hard earned work.

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  3. That's creepy! It's been happening a lot lately. I don't understand why people do it. They can't be making money off it--are any classic movie bloggers getting rich off their content?

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  4. P.S. Here is a site that will help you with this issue- http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

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  5. This has been happening to me in various places too. Simply Classics, Livejournal, Tumblr (I'm not even on there but someone uses my signature phrases and such. So I can feel your pain and I hope you'll be able to do something about it.

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  6. Never saw such kitschy chaos like his side: Islam, Adolph Hitler and Hollywood dreams and-and hearties, hearties, hearties. - That guy must have a mind of a 5 years old boy!

    Well, his side will never be as famous as your original Hollywood Dreamland - I'm pretty sure of it. I guess he's just too flat to create something on his own.

    In fact this isn't the worst case, Dexter ...
    The worst case would be a professional, using our amateur-stuff - and maybe make even money with it. Ginger Ingenue's latest complains sounded like that and maybe she gave up then (what a pity!).

    Sometimes I ask myself whether Classic Movie Bloggers shouldn't cooperate, to control and mark those ugly black sheep ...

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  7. This makes me think of that Alfred Hitchcock episode "The Case of Mr. Pelham".

    I do notice the person at least says the image and content is not his at the bottom of his blog but I think he should at least have the courtesy to ask you before using your stuff.

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  8. It's theft. You can and should contact the person and the company that hosts his services. If it's blogger then that should be easy. If not, you may have to use whois to find out. I got one blog canned, but it took half an hour of my time. I called the company. Didn't mess around with email or forms.

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  9. I've emailed the person politely asking that he remove the material he took from my blog.

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  10. I think this is the line that got to me "I am just saving some time of our Blogspot users to avoid searching everywhere" ... !!! This is just plain LAZY and offensivly non-creative. And yes, you should tell Blogger or/and him too.

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  11. How did you find out that this blog exists? How can I find out if someone is stealing my stuff?

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  12. Wow. I've heard of this happening to other people before. Not sure if you should be flattered or offended.

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  13. I had this happen to me last year...

    http://filmfather.blogspot.com/2009/07/arrrrrr.html

    I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was livid.

    @viridian: A good way to find out if someone is stealing your blog content is to set up a Google Alert (that's how I found out):

    http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en

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  14. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I do have a post on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis coming up on Monday. I do have some other retro posts coming up very soon. It's just that when I was doing new posts I ended up with a lot more modern stuff. Have a great upcoming weekend.

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  15. I had the same problem, wonder if it's the same site. Obviously there are a lot of people out there who are not creative enough to write something of their own.

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  16. Lolita, if you google "Hollywood Dreamland" you'll see the imposter--probably before the original, definite article! I emailed and commented on his blog a few days ago but nothing yet.

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  17. I have the same issue with the same person. All my posts completely copied. I sent the person a message asking to take down my posts and nothing has happened - and this was a few months ago!

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  18. I read his "Disclaimer" again: He thinks he's not violating any copy rights law, but would remove things, if he gets a note to do so. In fact those Asians have a different mentality. They've been copying us since many decades (and we buy their stuff cheaply).

    But he's publishing on blogspot.com - so we should report this abuse to blogspot: Content stolen from Robby and Dexter and probably from even more bloggers.

    As Robert said above: "If it's blogger then that should be easy."

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  19. Now I commented him this (he probably won't publish):

    "Dear fellow, you're constantly stealing thoughts from our friend Dexter. I adore his blog HOLLYWOOD DREAMLAND, there is no other blog like this in the classic movie scene.

    As I see now, Dexter is having headaches because of you. And I'm really afraid, he might give up his great work. Well, I see that you like Dexter's work too. But you might be pretty successful in destroying this valuable source. That means, if he gives up blogging, we'll have to miss him - and you too.

    The other point is: Your blog looks really good. So why don't you put on your own thoughts about films. I mean, what do you personally think, what do you feel, while watching a film? You can't be so dead and cold inside, that you haven't got own thoughts and feelings.

    What you're doing is this: You're just echoing Dexter. You're repeating his thoughts, his personal dreams and feelings about films. This is like constantly following somebody, echoing all his words. I'd say it's a pity, that you don't live your own dreams.

    Clarissa"

    Well, if he won't mind this, I'll report to blogspot.com: It can't be in their interest, that he constantly discourages industrial, original bloggers.

    I might do this too: Put on another blog and the issue of it might be him and his 'work'. Hopefully other fellow-bloggers will see that and comment about their own experiences. Well, this blog won't be gorgeous at all - no pictures, just informations about that annoying guy. And then I'll post that link to blogspot.com too ...

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  22. This happened to me a few months back entire posts were being copied with all the links removed, and the post titles had been re-worded. Learned that it was what people are calling a "scrapper". Basically it was some guy (or girl) probably in a foreign country stealing peoples content off their RSS feeds and posting it on their blog in an attempt to get high on Google's search results and get money via Google Ads. This particular person was stealing a bunch of peoples stuff and had about three other blogs going, I reported it a bunch of times but don't know if Blogger ever did anything about it. By setting my RSS feed to short it stopped them from scrapping my blog and all they got was the post title which was usually re-worded. I imagine a lot of people are being scrapped and don't know about it because nearly everyone has their RSS on full, but not me, not anymore.

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