Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…or not
Have you had people who admire you so much they want to copy everything about you? Irritating yes? Annoying much? In this case, I’m not sure if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In fact, saying that is almost akin to consoling yourself. Well, I’m not sure how I would really react if I catch someone trying to copy my looks or my style but I tell you I was not at all flattered when I found out that my entire blog was copied end of last week.
I’ve had my content lifted over the years but this is the first time I’ve seen my entire 7 years worth of blog content, design, comments and everything in between being duplicated. EVERYTHING WAS COPIED! The thief even had the audacity to just change the name on my blog header to theirs and pass off the blog as theirs. I have screenshots to show you in a bit and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I was appalled and I was prepared to kill someone already!
My first reaction was confusion. And next, I felt infuriated. I was fuming. What the heck! This is what we call “daylight robbery”! The nerve of some idiots! Let me tell you I wasn’t at all keen to see another site using all my blog content and design. I was determined to take it down! And down it came!
See how bold this thief is? Some people are just the scum of the earth!
This is the first time I’ve filed a DMCA take down and I was so glad I did it. It’s not difficult and I’m going to show you how so that if you’re a blogger and you ever have to deal with this, you’ll know exactly what to do. In the past, I never did it because the theft was less severe and I found out that over time, those sites disappear. Because they usually farm content from a couple of sites, perhaps someone else filed the DMCA take down.
Get raw registrar data from who.is
So the first step to do is to trace the webhost of the culprit using whois service. Go to who.is and type in the domain url of the culprit site. It should give you a list of raw registrar data like this:
Hiding behind whoisguard.com
This thief tried to hide his/her identity via whoisguard but after some trial and error and thanks to the domain reseller namecheap.com, I managed to figure out by sending an email to the address marked xx.protect@WHOISGUARD.COM. I didn’t get any reply but the site disappeared after a day. So I figured out my email must have worked. Here’s what I put in my email, which was taken off a template online.
Please let me know if you spot stolen content
The process is slightly tedious but it’s worth it. You don’t want these scrappers making money out of your content and you certainly don’t want to see your work stolen right under your nose.
Thanks everyone who wrote to me or dropped me comments via Facebook. Please note that vivawoman.net does not duplicate any of its content elsewhere. So if you spot similar content, please highlight to me. Appreciate much!