Thursday, 4 June 2015
Progress on Plagiarised Posts
You can probably imagine my surprise/shock when I stumbled across one of my posts, complete with a very old photograph of George and I, on someone else's blog, no permission requested, no acknowledgement of where the words and photographs had been taken from.
I began to dig a little deeper and it got worse, much worse. There are many dozens of my posts which have been used by (to date) six other blogs. There may be more. They seem to be part of a ring of approx 30 blogs, connected in some way and which have advertisements linked to them.
It galls me that while I dig and delve through their contents, checking for my original posts, they are probably raking up a profit!
It is impossible for me to say whether there is any genuine content on the blogs; they may be entirely composed of work stolen from other, genuine, blogspots.
To date I have not seen any of your posts in there, I would immediately inform you if I came across one.
Time-lines have been messed about, events which I posted about sometimes show up in these other blogs as having occurred several years previously - say, 2007, which is before I even thought of having a blog.
I am attempting to go through formal channels right now, so I won't name and shame at this point. Should the formal complaints not work, then I will post the blog names here.
Meantime, I may have to republish some of my old posts (currently in draft form) in order to establish that they are mine...so you may wish to remove all my blogs from your reading lists, it could get messy if they show up as newly published.
Thanks to all of you for your support and comments through the years. I have delighted in 'meeting' so many wonderful people.
ps I posted my first formal complaints yesterday and have already received confirmation that the contents will be removed. Now to work through the rest.