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.