Content Theft and Online Scrappers

I noticed an unusual pingback on my WordPress dashboard today for a site linking to my recent post on Twitter for MacOS X. When I went to that site, I discovered that Apple-MacOS.com, a site not affiliated with Apple Computer, stole my entire post and gave it a byline of Daniel/Admin. Granted, they did provide a link back to my site at the bottom of the post, but that does not excuse their wholesale theft of my writing so that they can aggregate additional content for their site, which pushes advertising and makes them money.

If you encounter your writing getting ripped off by unscrupulous netizens, there are some remedies and preventative measures. WordPress provides some suggestions here, and Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismToday.com offers sample cease-and-desist and DMCA letters.

I will investigate who runs and hosts Apple-MacOS.com. Then, I will proceed with letter writing.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Who is Dynamic Subspace?

Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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