PSA: See stolen content from content creators? Content theft!

Today, I had an unpleasant surprise this morning on the train to work. I found out that two websites actually stole my content! This was such a let down since the amount of content that was stolen from me is more than just one article. It’s almost all my articles from December. While I was working on contacting other sites and blogs that got content stolen, a good blogging friend of mine Drakulus wrote this article. And it’s actually a great lesson to learn. 

What do you if you come across stolen content? Do you ignore it? Or do you do something about it? What if the stolen content you come across is yours? 

WordPress is a great place to publish content of all sorts. Some people like to use it as a diary. While others, like myself, us it to express their love for gaming by reviewing games, writing excellent opinion pieces, and being active within the WordPress community. Some people, however, don’t use WordPress for any of those things. They use WordPress to steal another people’s work and post it as their own. They use it to make money by leaving half links to the creator’s blog to avoid suspicion and they use it to attract followers that would have no idea that the content that they’re reading and enjoying belongs to someone else. That’s what we’re here to talk about today. 

A fellow blogger has had a good chunk of his content stolen by two different blogs. The blogger is NekoJonez and he and I decided to write a piece on how to prevent something like this from happening in the future. The blogs in question are wponlinetutorials and proxly. Now I know I can’t accuse someone of theft without proof. How’s this for proof? (original article, written by me)

That post was taken from NekoJonez without his permission and posted on that site. He wasn’t asked by the owner of the blog if it was okay. They just took it and posted it as their own piece of work. That’s not cool and something needs to be done about it and that brings me to the point of this post today. 

NekoJonez note, if you want more proof, just look at the dates of my article about Nintendo Pocket Soccer Club. I published mine on the 10th of December and this ripoff blog published it on the 17th December. Yeah. 

If you want to do something about this to prevent this from happening again we need to look out for each other. We need to report these people that are doing this crap so they’ll know we’re serious about defending our hard work. I don’t know about you, but it takes me a few hours to write a single article sometimes. And if I knew someone was profiting from my work I would be pissed too and that’s why I’m doing this. I went through both blogs and noticed a lot of stolen content. Most of it is from NekoJonez, but other blogs were stolen from too. 

We’re bringing this issue to light and you can too by opposing this. Stealing is bad and shouldn’t be tolerated. Help us take these guys down by reporting them to WordPress. Click here to file a complaint. If enough people come forward and do this WordPress is going to have to force this person to remove all their stolen content or remove their blog completely. 

Let’s stand together and defend our work from thieves that are looking to profit from it.

NekoJonez here again. So if you notice other blogs or websites just copy and pasting somebody else’s content without using it in a good context, notify the content creator as quickly as you can. Personally, I wouldn’t mind people quoting me or using excerpts from my article to talk about their points, but if you copy the whole article, that’s another story. The content creator always needs to give permission before you use it, it’s just etiquette. 

I really want to thank everybody who already helped me file complaints about this so we can resolve this issue as soon as we can. I’m really thankful to all other bloggers who actually reported the stolen content as well so this will be resolved.

If you notice my content ever being stolen from another blog, use my contact page/DM me on Twitter or any other social media platform.

If you notice other bloggers content that gets stolen, like I said before, contact the blogger in question before you take action. If the content owner wants you to report it as well, he or she will ask.

Also, try to not make a big fuss about it at first. Why am I saying this? The reasons are simple, don’t wake sleeping dogs AND don’t give a website unneeded traffic. Who knows, they might have a system with links setup, that every time they get clicked they earn money.

I think I can speak for all of us content creators here, we are always thankful that our audience reports stolen content to us. This way we can avoid people abusing our content and avoiding creators giving up on following their passion!

It’s never fun to see your content stolen since you put your time and effort into it. Having to deal with researching, contacting hosts and WordPress and other blogs who got content stolen is so time-consuming and you lose time spent elsewhere in your life. On the other hand, you could argue that we shouldn’t care, but what’s the point then of writing content again?

Thank you for reading this PSA written by me and Drakulus. Thanks for all the support and help! Feel free to tweet this article out, share it on Facebook or on any social media platform so we can raise awareness to this issue and start fighting it.

(PS: How ironic would it be if this article gets stolen from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog and posted on one of those bot/stealing websites)

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49 thoughts on “PSA: See stolen content from content creators? Content theft!

  1. Drakulus

    That last line made me laugh. You’ve gotta be pretty stupid to steal a post about stealing and post it on your blog :).

    This was a good thing that we did and hopefully it helps other writers out there that are in the same boat as you. Thanks for letting me help you with this.

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  2. Drakulus

    Reblogged this on Drakulus and commented:

    NekoJonez had a bunch of his post stolen from his blog and posted elsewhere without his consent. We decided to do something about it and we wrote this together. Check it out and help us raise awareness 🙂

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  3. thero159

    Thank you for raising awareness about this issue. When people put a lot of time and effort in to what they write, its unbelievable that there are some low lives who think its OK to steal it.

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      1. thero159

        My conscience would not allow me to steal anything from anyone, so I don’t understand how these people are able to do it. Hopefully, with enough people reporting these thieves, they will get their comeuppance.

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  4. Dan

    Must be heartbreaking to experience this. It’s a huge problem for anyone creating original content, in any media. I’ve had raging arguments with people at work about music and film piracy, because that’s just as bad in my opinion. When I get home I will report to WordPress, if they haven’t already taken it down by then!

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    1. NekoJonez Post author

      I noticed one website stealing my content when I was researching, I found out about the other. I discovered the first through a pingback. The other through googling some articles of mine.

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      1. Ludwig Von Koopa

        I found out that some of my articles were stolen some years ago because they left all the hyperlinks to other articles on my site, so I noticed I got some traffic from it…
        …Or I found it out because I Google “KoopaTV” every so often and see wot pops up.
        But yeah this whole thing was just scrubbing our articles for a period of a few months:
        http://nintendoclosing.blogspot.com/

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  5. Rachel

    Thanks for this article. This is important for everyone to know, for all creators everywhere. I’m sorry to hear this happened to you, but it sounds like you’re dealing with it as professional as you can, which is great.

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    1. NekoJonez Post author

      Thanks, I am glad that I have such supportive bloggers around me to help me deal with this. And I dont want to create a mess about this since that could cause me more cleanup work.

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  6. Kim

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Jonez – nobody deserves to have their hard work stolen. Would you mind if I wrote something on the subject in the near future?

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    1. NekoJonez Post author

      Not at all, would be happy that you do. The more awareness we raise to this, the more we can fight this and come together as a community to proctect ourselves against this.

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  7. Red Metal

    It certainly was foolhardy of those people to plagiarize articles that were clearly part of a series. The good news is that it looks like one of the sites got suspended for their troubles, but I’m sorry you had to put up with this. I can imagine it’s quite infuriating.

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