This blog is being copied and pasted word-for-word somewhere else without linking back here or crediting me in any way. I'm pissed off about this - my blog isn't all that much, really, but it's mine and everything in it belongs to me. I also feel kind of violated. I know that everything on the internet is open to anyone, but at least when it's on my blog I have a sense of who's reading it. My blog does reveal information about my life and it bothers me that someone would steal my posts, making my life their own.
The guy who's doing this is also doing the same thing to many other bloggers. This thief runs a number of websites across quite a few domains and it appears that almost all of them are automated spiders that just grab and paste other people's posts. I found an account where someone did contact this guy and apparently the guy said that he was messing around with auto blogs and deleted the person's posts. He didn't delete anyone else's posts, however, so it's hard to believe that he's just playing around.
Stealing people's words is straight-up theft. Just because something is published on the internet doesn't mean that the material is available for every scumbag to copy and post as though the scumbag wrote it. This is so not cool.
I found some information on the internet on how to deal with this situation. I have found the thief's name and contact information as well as alternate contact information. Hopefully he'll stop taking my posts and will remove all of my posts from his site when he receives my email. I've contacted some of the other bloggers whose posts he's stealing and I hope that they contact him as well. I wish I could make him stop stealing everyone else's words because I feel so strongly about this issue.
Ironically, this post will almost certainly be stolen as well.