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I am being ripped off…with another site.

So this website: mountian-bike-racing.info is basically reposting my postings word for word and not giving me any credit. He has also set up google ads so this person is making money off of my work.

If you respect what I have been doing for 5 years (and haven’t asked for a cent in return) please email the host greenstarjoc@gmail.com and complain for me.
Or leave comments on the site.

His latest posting was this:
Posts will be a bit delayed this week. I am in China and it appears that Blogger, where this blog is hosted, has been blocked by the authorities again (sigh). I can still get around it with my super geek skills but it greatly delays getting info up. Look to be back to normal late this week. Thanks, slashk.

So we know his is being blocked by Google (which owns blogger) Why? Probably for similar complaints.
Does anyone know how to contact Google Ads and complain? I’m sure this is a violation of their service.

Hopefully his geek skills won’t keep allowing this to occur. Anything anyone can offer for help would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Green

8 comments to I am being ripped off…with another site.

  • there’s a bunch of these spam blogs out there and shutting one down is just going to bring another one up. I haven’t found a way around their tactics yet, but it seems like they usually just die off on their own.

  • You just need to file a DMCA take down notice with google and they’ll take care of it. They have an online form for reporting violations. Just follow their procedures and if the site is actually hosted at blogger google will have a little chat with them on your behalf.

    http://www.google.com/blogger_dmca.html

  • Carlos Colomer

    Hi! I posted the following comment on the last four or five posts on that bogus blog that is taking your intellectual property. If he’s based in China it’s not likely to stop, but hopefully my comment will appeal to the perpetrator’s sense of pride.

    Here’s the comment:

    “You are stealing these posts from someone else’s blog and reaping revenue from Google ads. In the U.S., Canada, Europe and most of the civilized world, this constitutes theft and may be punishable by stiff fines and/or jail time. But furthermore, and more importantly, it suggests an intellectual deficiency on your part. You’ve gone to the trouble to set up this blog and appear to be a serious aficionado of bicycling; why not take pride in conducting your own reporting? As a blogger, it’s well within the realm of the norm to find information on the World Wide Web and redirect attention to it, but you ought to take the time to write your own copy, even if it is merely a revised version of what has appeared in other blogs and an acknowledgment of where the information came from. Have some pride, will you?”

  • Carlos Colomer

    By the way, you ought to contact Google and let them know what’s going on. You may not be able to stop them from cribbing your posts, but you can thwart their attempt to make a profit from it.

  • Have you sent him a cease and desist letter? Not entirely sure how that works in regards to blogs, but it should do the trick.

  • Brent

    Some bloggers limit their RSS feed to summaries only. The downside is that readers have to visit the site for the whole article.

  • “I am in China and it appears that Blogger, where this blog is hosted, has been blocked by the authorities again”

    He means that China is blocking Google and all Google services countrywide because they have different censorship laws there. Unfortunately, Google is not specifically targeting or blocking his blog.

  • Ive been to handbag holes-in-the-wall in Chinatown that look more authentic than this guy’s site (I mean, not recently, as I can no longer ride efficiently w/ my Prada handbag dangling from my arm while playing bumper cars on Chrystie St). I wouldn’t worry too much about the fact that the person stealing your posts clearly has his head so far up his ass that he can’t figure out how to setup a site that “appears” user/biker-friendly.