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Someone’s ripping me off

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FYI, someone ripped off the article I recently posted. I don’t know who “NLP Zine” is, but if he’s stealing from me, he’s probably stealing from other NLP bloggers too.

Here’s the whois information for the site:

Domain ID:
Domain Name: nlpzine.com
Created On: 16-Jul-2009 00:00:00
Expiration Date: 16-Jul-2010 00:00:00
Sponsoring Registrar: ‘Check Whois’ (ENOM) (ENOM)
Status: client_transfer_prohibited
Name Server: dns1.shnw.net
Name Server: dns2.shnw.net
Registrant ID: Unknown
Registrant Name: WhoisGuard
Registrant Organization: Unknown
Registrant Street1: Westchester, CA 90045
Registrant Street2: Unknown
Registrant Street3: Unknown
Registrant City: US
Registrant State/Province: Unknown
Registrant Postal Code: Unknown
Registrant Country: Unknown
Registrant Phone: Unknown
Registrant Fax: Unknown
Registrant Email: Unknown
Admin ID: Unknown
Admin Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Admin Organization: Unknown
Admin Street1: 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 – 732
Admin Street2: Unknown
Admin Street3: Unknown
Admin City: Westchester
Admin State: CA
Admin Postal Code: 90045
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.6613102107
Admin Fax: +1.6613102107
Admin Email: 9b99ea5ddae2429189182f07f7c99232.protect@whoisguard.com

Written by Michael DeBusk

September 3rd, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Administrivia

4 Responses to 'Someone’s ripping me off'

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  1. Do you understand the concept of “syndication”?

    Presumably you have submitted your RSS Feed to appropriate directories to make your content available to your target readership?

    The guy isn’t “ripping you off” he’s actually doing you a favour as the site will be linking back to each post that is being syndicated.

    I’d strongly recommend that you remove this post as he could easily be entitles to sue you for libel.

    Q

    quogger

    9 Sep 09 at 08:14

  2. Hi Michael,

    I’ve had the same person do the same with my articles – but I was actually happy about it.

    All that’s happening is our (yours and my) RSS feeds which we’ve chosen to use to get our content syndicated is being picked up and used to feed useful content into a blog that is on-topic.

    You’ll notice that the links still come back to your own site.

    I’ve actually had an increase in traffic to my sites since people started using my RSS feeds and I’ve been making more money because of it – I love it.

    You have an article on using RSS on your site so I would have thought you felt the same.

    http://nlphilia.net/how-do-i-read-blogs/

    Why publish an rss feed if you don’t want people to use it?

    I love having people spread my content around the Internet to places I hadn’t reached.

    Andy

    nlpandy

    9 Sep 09 at 08:37

  3. @nlpandy and @quogger,

    I do understand syndication, and that isn’t what’s happening. The person responsible is posting the content without attribution and, instead of linking back, changes the links to point to their own site. That isn’t syndication; it’s theft.

    If the person had at least left a link back to the original post instead of trying to run up his own search engine rank, I’d be happy with it.

    Michael DeBusk

    9 Sep 09 at 15:03

  4. Incidentally, the site is hosted by simplyhosting.com and they have been very helpful. The offending material has been removed.

    Michael DeBusk

    9 Sep 09 at 15:05

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