A New Kind of Jackass
It’s 4 a.m. here, and I was just doing a bit of ego-surfing* before going to bed.
Among the usual pages that pop up in the Google search, such as my pro site, this blog site, various news stories that contain my photos, etc., there is something new.
I noticed a page title in the list that was unfamiliar. Here it is:
That is an unknown page with a caption that is taken from one of my photos that had been posted in my blog. This blog.
I clicked on the link, which led me to a plain page at saiph.info which consisted of a white background with my abridged blog entries displayed in plain black text. After the blog entries, ads had been placed. The blog entries were not clickable at all, meaning they did not lead back to my blog, but the revenue ads were clickable, of course.
Obviously, someone has written a bot that monitors searches and grabs people’s blog entries in order to populate their own revenue ad pages.
Here is a link to the page in question. I performed more searches, and sure enough, in each query, pages like this one appeared. The domain names were different, but the format was all the same. Note that my name appears nowhere on the page as the author, nor do any of the entries link back to my blog. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this some form of plagiarism? They even have their own copyright mark at the bottom of the page. It’s in Polish, so I don’t know what it actually says, but I know I didn’t see my name in there anywhere.
I checked out a few of the domain names at Network Solutions, and they are all registered to names and addresses in Poland. I’m going to fire off a few e-mails, like it’s going to matter. Of course, there’s probably not a damned thing that I can about this, except complain.
*Ego Surfing: entering your own name into search engines to see what pops up.
UPDATE: The guy actually wrote me back immediately, and is removing my content from his site. This may be the first time in history that a complaint e-mail actually accomplished something.