I am noticing something that is happening on both of my blogs. I post a blog entry then some other person creates blog in which all they do is plagiarize/copy other people’s blog entries (such as mine) without giving credit to the original author. Those blogs appear ‘empty’ other than a bunch of advertisements on the site. When I look around on the site I can’t find evidence of a real person there, nothing original, no profiles, etc.
It appears that each time this was done the plagiarizer was using a Google blog search tool. For some reason unknown to me these show up as links. So I can track a link to my blog and when I go there it is not really someone linking to me but someone plagiarizing my blog entry.
One time the culprit was blogging on Blogger and this one is on a private website. The name of the website contained the phrase 'myspace.com' and I mistakenly thought the site was related to them. I emailed MySpace.com to complain about this and gave the URL of the plagiarized post. It took me about an hour to prepare the copyright violation using all of their legal language. They contacted me to say that it was not an account holder of theirs. Apparently the person is also abusing the 'MySpace.com' name to try and trick people into thinking that they are linked to MySpace.
I bet there is a name for this ‘phenomenon’. If you know it, let me know. I am trying to learn more about this problem but am coming up empty handed so far.
I am ticked off about it to say the least.
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