Posts tagged with ‘content theft’

  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Content Theft (and What You Can do About It)

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 17, 2014
    Today Kathryn Aragon was kind enough to host a guest post from me about content theft. In it, I explain: Why freelance writers and bloggers shouldn't ignore it (and why you're crazy if you think those "free backlinks" are a good thing); How you can track down information about even the most anonymous content thieves; What you can do to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Content Theft

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 7, 2014
    If you've ever run a website or blog of your own, chances are good you've had some of your content stolen. This can be an especially frustrating situation if you find that the thief took not only one of your articles, but the entire contents of your website or blog through scraping. I'm currently working on a guest post for […]
  • PDF Engines and Copyright Infringement: How to Stop Them

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 21, 2011
    There's a not-so-new copyright infringement threat that seems to be becoming even more prevalent these days -- so-called PDF search engines. In the last two weeks alone I received notification that three of these sites were publishing my content without a license or permission. What's happening? Well, these sites purport to be about helping you find .pdf files. First of […]
  • Don't be a Victim. Stop Content Thieves Dead in Their Tracks

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 11, 2010
    If you blog, you'll likely come across at least one content thief in the process. They'll take your articles (usually in full) and they'll publish them on their own sites so they can either monetize your work or use it to build their own false authority. As someone who makes a living from writing, I find content theft infuriating. I'm […]
  • Update on Your Friendly Neighborhood Scammer

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 27, 2007
    If you missed it, one of my blogs was recently scraped entirely (as of June 5th) by some lowlife scammer too damn cheap and/or lazy to put effort into building a legitimate website. I have a couple of minor updates... 1. eNom did respond. Apparently I looked at the DNS info instead of the IP address, and assumed they were […]
  • Content Stealing Scum!!!

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2007
    Now how ironic is it that I just posted to this blog earlier today about how to protect yourself from copyright infringement and people stealing your work, and just a few hours later I found a piece of scum stealing an entire site of mine??  The "real" site (mine) is It's one of my newer blogs (launched in April), […]
  • What to do When Someone Steals Your Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2007
    It's so easy to steal content on the Web these days that it feels like "everyone" is doing it sometimes.  Whether it's through publishing your blog content from an RSS feed without consent (a debatable issue in and of itself) to blatantly ripping content from a site, what can you do to protect your rights when someone steals your work?  […]