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Hooray: Justice Has Been Served!

Hooray Justice Has Been Served

The person who stole some of my blog posts (and a lot of other people’s blog posts too) is finally out of commission.

Yes, I have been checking their blog regularly to make sure that they did not steal any more blog posts from me or blog posts from those bloggers that I know.

When I typed in their blog’s URL, WordPress.com mentioned that their website was no longer available and that the blog had been archived or suspended in accordance with their Terms of Service.

Let that be a lesson to all of those content thieves out there in cyberspace.

“Thou shalt not steal.” ― The Holy Bible (Exod. 20:15)

You Will Be Punished For Stealing

Anyone who truly believes that they can steal from others and get away with it is deluding themselves.

A robber might be robbing banks for years without getting caught. However, there will come a time when their luck runs out and the officers of the law kick their door down, run inside the robber’s house, grab him or her, throw the handcuffs on them and they are read their rights by an officer of the law.

Dear friend, this applies to everything in life (Including blogging).

Police officers or FBI agents are not going to kick your door down and arrest you for stealing other people’s blog posts, but you will be dealt with by the WordPress staff that is responsible for investigating DMCA takedown requests.

The offender had been stealing people’s blog posts for months and yesterday, they had their blog taken down by WordPress.

Write Your Own Content And Do Not Copy And Paste Other People’s Blog Posts

The regular followers of my blog ― Renard’s World, have nothing to worry about.

Why?

Because they do not copy and paste other people’s blog posts and paste the contents into the Block Editor, publish them and pass them off as their own.

This message is for those young new bloggers who are naive ― the ones who do not know better. They might be tempted to copy and paste someone else’s blog post without ever thinking that what they are actually doing is engaging themselves in content theft.

For the record, there are older and much more experienced content thieves ― people who know that what they are doing is wrong (Those people will be severely dealt with when they are finally caught).

Plagiarism is a serious offence; one that can lead to the offender being sued by the original author.

You have been warned!

Every Blogger Is Not A Writer

Dear friend, it is okay if you are not a writer.

The nice thing about blogging is that you are not obligated to publish words.

Hey, do not be shocked because it is true.

If you are a photographer or an artist, you are in no way obligated to add words to your blog posts; you can simply publish your photographs or your artwork without words (Truthfully, many photographers and artists [those who are into blogging] will add a few words to make their blog posts more interesting. But not every photographer or artist will add words to their blog posts).

The most important thing for a blogger is to recognize what their talents are and to work on them.

So, never feel tempted to steal other people’s writing because you think that their writing is great and that you had to do it because you are horrible at writing (You would get yourself into deep trouble if you did that).

Therefore, focus on your other God-given talents, work on them and refine them.

I Am Always Paying Close Attention To The WordPress.com Reader

I usually peruse content via the WordPress Reader for the sole purpose of:

  • Catching up on the blog posts of those people that I am following.
  • To discover new posts within specific tags.
  • To find new bloggers to follow.

So, if I see anything fishy, my proverbial alarm is going to go off; for example, if I see a blog post that looks as though it were written by a blogger that I know, I will visit the original author’s blog, locate their blog post and compare it with what the person has published on their blog.

In most instances, I can tell right away who the original author is.

And, how is it that I can deduce such a thing?

Because each blogger has a unique style of writing (One tends to pick up on those things when they visit the person’s blog on a regular basis and read their blog posts).

I will report the stolen content to the original author (I will email them the link to the blog with the stolen content) and they would, in turn, file a DMCA takedown notice.

I would like to thank the blogging Diva, Pooja G for alerting me of the content that was stolen from me (I will gladly do the same for her).

Also, no one messes with Hugh Roberts and gets away with it. He will nail you to a cross if he ever finds out that you are the one who stole his content.

So, there are bloggers who are looking out for each other on WordPress.

We take content theft seriously!

By the way, you can file a DMCA takedown notice if you ever discover your stolen content on someone else’s blog (The article, How Can I File A DMCA Takedown Notice? will educate you on the necessary steps that you will need to take).

Final Thoughts

There is no honour in stealing someone else’s blog posts. It is more honourable (and much safer too) for bloggers to write their own blog posts.

In the end, content thieves will be dealt with harshly.

And, never let anyone get away with stealing your blog posts; file a DMCA takedown notice if you ever discover that your blog post was posted on someone else’s blog without your permission.

I am glad that my content theft issue has been resolved and that the offender’s blog is no longer online.

Amen to that!

108 thoughts on “Hooray: Justice Has Been Served!

  1. Yay!! Well done 👏. And by the way, you write FOR WordPress, you write ABOUT WordPress, and now you’re a WP detective! I’m in awe, Renard. At least, I’m very, VERY impressed 😄

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  2. These thieves are unique Renard.
    “The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.”
    Terry Pratchett
    I wonder always why these people indulge in such activities.
    Thank you for bringing awareness to your readers.

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    1. “Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down”

      Then it’s – by definition – not theft. My blog posts are free to reblog, I don’t care if anyone finds them useful enough to reblog them, it’s okay with me. I also reblog others’ posts, of course with dedication and asking my readers to visit the reblogged article and read it on the original site so they get the traffic.

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      1. I am still learning WordPress, it is updating faster than I am taking the time to learn. If I inadvertently ‘steal’ blogs it is because I shared it and loved it. I would like to share not meaning to take and blog as my own. How do you know if you are stealing it by sharing if the site allows you to share?

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    1. This post has provided possible solutions to publish original quality content.

      Stealer should read them carefully. It will help him or her.

      There’s no sense in creating another site for content theft.

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  3. Heartiest congratulations Renard on getting the thief finally caught and his blog site taken down.
    I also appreciate your concern for other bloggers, and the way you alert them when some thief steals their content and publishes it in his/her own name.

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  4. Answer me this please … what is the difference between copying and pasting somebody else’s blog post and then republishing it on your own blog and using the Re-Blog button on WordPress.com that does essentially the same thing?

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    1. If a blog features RE-Blog button is means the author is ok with people reblogging his or hers content = no theft. It’s a helpful tool when your blog is dealing in the same genre. And it even helps the re-bloged blog gaining more traction, readers and clicks.
      Second Life bloggers do it all the time.

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    2. 🙂 I will be happy to answer that for you, John.

      When the “Reblog” button is used, it creates an excerpt of a blogger’s blog post along with a link back to the original author’s blog. Therefore, the original author gets all of the credit.

      Whereas, copying and pasting someone else’s blog post and publishing it as your own is downright wrong; the entire post is displayed on the person’s blog and the name of the original author is not shown; the original author is not credited for his or her work (It is outright deception).

      And, even if the entire blog post was copied and pasted and the person who did it gave credit to the original blogger, they can get themselves into trouble if they did not get permission from the original author to do so.

      In regards to the “Reblog” button, I strongly advise not using it because there are people who do not like their work reblogged.

      Photographers in general hate the “Reblog” button because it allows other people to share their copyrighted photos.

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      1. I am trying to understand, Renard so don’t get me wrong … but the permission to reblog the content of other users of wordpress.com is encapsulated and cemented in their TERMS OF SERVICE and everybody who uses WordPress or wordpress.com are duty bound to agree to their terms of service as a condition of their using the platforms. The very fact that users agree to the terms of service seems to me like it gives other bloggers unconditional rights to reblog ….Here is what I heard them say about it:
        Hello! According to the WordPress.com Terms of Service, content can be reblogged or shared in part as long as credit is given.

        You also give other WordPress.com users permission to share your Content on other WordPress.com websites and add their own Content to it (aka to reblog your Content), so long as they use only a portion of your post and they give you credit as the original author by linking back to your website (the reblogging function on WordPress.com does this automatically!).

        If any of this is true then how can the case be made that reblogging is theft or plagiarism?

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        1. 🙂 There is a grey area in that, John.

          Reblogging is not plagiarism.

          Copying and pasting someone else’s blog post and publishing it as your own is.

          Reblogging is not copying and pasting.

          For the record, people have gotten themselves into legal trouble by reblogging because of the fact that certain copyrighted photos were reshared.

          Hopefully, when my friend, Hugh comes on, he will explain that to you in full detail.

          Anyway, there is no “Reblog” button on my blog (Which clearly shows that I do not want my blog posts reblogged).

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            1. 🤔 It would have to be a short excerpt.

              The “Read More” button will forward the reader to the original author’s blog (Thus giving them credit for their work).

              However, it would be prudent to get permission from the original author before you carry out such a thing.

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              1. Then I guess I will not be doing such a thing. I have nothing so precious that it cannot be shared on my blog so listen up everybody, You are always free to appropriate anything you want from Liming’s Links as you wish and if you wish to give me credit, I appreciate it and if you don’t then it doesn’t really matter because I am basically a nobody to begin with and my blog is pure opinion… and everybody has an opinion. I have removed the reblog button however because I thought it would be a good idea to do so.

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                  1. I understand and it is alright … I would like for a troll or two to come on and argue with me too while we are at it … I used to have some trolls and I miss them …The more moderate ones I will deal with, the savage ones I will delete … in fact, I just got rid of one that came close to being a troll … a time waster.. someone who says stuff just to get a person riled up or angered …but generally I do like to play with the trolls … there just doesn’t seem to be too many of them anymore. You see, Renard, it doesn’t matter too much to me because I have the resources to delete and change blogs and make new ones never I desire. I have done it often here on wordpress.com … I have also done it over on Blogspot/Blogger … and elsewhere.

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          1. When you reblog another blogger’s post, any images or photos on that post are downloaded into your media library. If any of those images have copyright restrictions, you could be prosecuted for allowing the images to be downloaded to your media library.

            I know of some bloggers who have been fined for reblogging posts with copyrighted images. So Renard’s advice is excellent when he says don’t use the reblog button. There are much safer ways to share content, such as pingbacks and the ‘Press This’ sharing button. In both cases, when used, no images from the post you are sharing are downloaded to your media library.

            I hope that helps, John.

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            1. I will just use pictures from sources such as Pixabay and Pexels and Unsplash and I will never again link to another blog but I will tell my readers how to google something if they are interested. If comments come to my blog with links in them, I will simply delete them. I am not playing this game with a bunch of (Expletive deleted) who think they invented the art of writing.

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              1. Pixabay is an excellent site for free images. The problem is that we don’t know where other bloggers get their images from unless they leave a link under the image to the site it comes from. And even then, some images may only be free to download and use for a limited time.

                Likewise, I don’t approve any comments containing uninvited links. If I want to include a link in a comment to another blogger, I ask permission to include one first.

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                1. It is safer to get out of the link business altogether. Write the blog posts and then set the references somewhere below the article you write so that interested parties can read further if they want to. Much in the same way that Wikipedia does. There is no need nor reason for amateur bloggers to get all caught up iup in all this legalese. Or bloggers who are interested in navigating these waters can simply hook up wit with Electronic Frontier Foundation (Google it) and get all their questions answered.

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                  1. I don’t mind leaving pingbacks to other blog posts or websites on my blog posts. All that does is take the reader to another webpage. And I only do so if there is a definite link between my content and the page I am linking to. Nothing is downloaded in the process.

                    However, leaving uninvited links in the comments section is a different ball game. I get many links in the comments section of many of my blog posts that lead to business blogs. I delete them as I don’t want any of my readers being taken to a site that is only interested in getting money out of my readers.

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              1. 🙂 Until Hugh returns, I would like to say that linking to a website is not plagiarism. For example, if you are writing a health-related blog post, and you mention something about a health term, it is okay to link to the doctor’s article that goes into detail about that specific health term (It is a common, yet safe practice to do so).

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        2. The TOS says “You also give other WordPress.com users permission to share your Content on other WordPress.com websites and add their own Content to it (aka to “reblog” your Content), so long as they use only a portion of your post and they give you credit as the original author by linking back to your website, which the reblogging function on WordPress.com does automatically.” What I think they’re going for with that is approximating what would be acceptable under the “Fair Use” doctrine.

          Where it gets dicier is if the entirety of the original content is a photo, for example. By reblogging that, you wouldn’t be sharing a portion of their post, you’d be sharing the entire post. If you have ads on your site, they could make an argument that you’re using their copyrighted work for commercial purposes.

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  5. Thank you Orca Flotta for your thoughts..
    Reblogging others post is a nicer way of appreciating the original author’s hard work and spreading the message to all the people who are following you.
    And keeping or removing the ‘Reblog button’ is purely individual choice.
    And what are your thoughts on stealing a blog content ( copy & paste without author’s permission’?)

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    1. Urrghs! 😮 Nobody should ever do that! When a blog has no reblog button that tells me the original author doesn’t wanna find their stuff replicated on any other sites than their own. We gotta respect that! At all costs and every time!

      Once there is a reblog button I take that as express permission to reblog a certain article. There is a little box for our own thoughts we can add, and that appears on top of the reblogged article in our own blogs. I use that box to thank the original blogger and urge my readers to read it on the original site, not mine.

      Really people, if you don’t want your stuff to be reblogged – just don’t add that function! It’s not original in any blog, we gotta add it on our own free will. So this ain’t a WP error nor an oversight, it’s just a function we can add if we want.

      Another thing is quoting other blogs. A fellow blogger often writes stuff that just calls for strong negative responses. That guy has no reblog button coz he fears harsh criticism. So I copypaste some of his sentences and theories, put them in quotes and paste them into my articles, incl. mentioning the original source. Then I write my response in order to start a dispute he wanted to avoid.
      That is – again by definiton – no content theft but quoting. Completely legit!

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  6. I see reblogging as content theft, Renard. Shame on WP for promoting this! A blog I follow recently removed the reblog button because she is tired of seeing her content on other sites. She did the right thing. WP loses integrity by allowing this.

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    1. 🤔 I see where you are getting at, John.

      In this case, WordPress needs to change its policy.

      In the comments section, the other John mentioned that the Terms of Service allow people to reblog content.

      You and I both know that this is a legal grey area. For example, in the case of copyrighted photos, reblogging them would be unjust.

      For the record, I have removed the “Reblog” button a long time ago.

      Guess what?

      It does not stop people from reblogging because anyone on WordPress.com can reblog any post that they like via the WordPress.com Reader (Which is one of the major flaws of the WordPress.com Reader).

      What I would like Automattic to do is for them to get together with its team of lawyers and update its Terms of Service (Hopefully, that would prevent any copyright infringements from being made in the near future).

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  7. Dear Renard, I am still having problems with this …Error
    The address “renardsworld@gmail.com.” in the “To” field was not recognized. Please make sure that all addresses are properly formed.

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    1. 🤔 That would imply that the WordPress.com Reader is on a separate server.

      As you already know, people can check out our blog posts via the WordPress.com Reader without ever visiting our website directly.

      Pooja, it looks like you have discovered a flaw with the WordPress Reader.

      On a positive note, their website is down (Which means, they cannot use that website of theirs to steal other people’s content).

      Thank you for being a wonderful person and an exemplary blogger.

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      1. Not surprised that WP has another flaw but I hope they take the blog down on the Reader too. They have only stolen content on their blog and it’s not right their site stays up. Very glad the actual website is gone though.
        Thank you and you are as well.

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  8. I think the challenge you see with content theft is that some folks don’t place as much value on it and others, like myself, place tremendous value on the content. It’s my thoughts, ideas, images, etc. Its product that didn’t exist before I created it. Of course, I value it. My comment to those that steal content or don’t view content in the same light would be: how would you feel about me coming and stealing a prized possession in the middle of the night? I expect that you’d be upset. It’s the same thing. Yes, reblogging blurs the lines, but it gives credit. Theft does not.

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  9. Wow! How refreshing to find out someone got booted for a legitimate reason (not just “we don’t like what you said.”). You’re right, it’s self-delusion to think you can steal (or do any despicable thing) and get away with it. As a Christian, I believe even if someone goes to their grave thinking they got away with murder, they will have a rude awakening when they meet the Judge.🤨

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  10. Congratulations on a positive outcome Renard. I’m not sure if I have the reblogging button active on my site, but I’ll be checking that out. It definitely is wrong to steal/copy and paste someone else’s work and it just amazes me that people genuinely think they won’t get caught. I’m glad that not only were they caught in this case, but that they were dealt with appropriately. People/theives need to realise there are consequences to their actions. Well done Renard on pursuing this.

    I’ve read the other comments above; is there anything we as the blogging community can to do to put pressure on WP to review and amend their Ts&Cs?

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  11. At least there is justice in the end Renard. I am delighted to hear that and what is very great about blogging is that if you are born with the talent you don’t need to be a giraffe and take other peoples ideas , these ideas will come naturally!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Hugh.

      You are most welcome, my friend.

      You work hard at creating quality content. Therefore, it is utterly wrong for someone else to steal your work and publish it as though it was theirs.

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  12. HURRAH!!!!!! BellaDharma & I are doing a **happy dance** for you Renard! Justice HAS been served!!!!
    And a BIG ‘Thank You’ to Pooja G for spotting the thefts….well done!
    Why anyone would steal content is a mystery to me?? The whole point of blogging is to CREATE….
    Sad that people have no honor……
    Sincerely Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum & **happy purrss** BellaDharma

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  13. Hurray for Justice 👏🏽🥳. Actually Renard, you taught me about plagiarism. I never imagined one could steal other people’s posts. Theft never pays. Once again, Congratulations 🎉

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  14. I’m happy for you Renard! It’s not easy dealing with content thieves.

    Stealing people’s blog post is really a shameless thing to do and I’m always happy if these thieves met their Waterloo 😅🙂.

    It’s not easy to research, sit down and curate a new blog post only for a thief to copy and paste it .

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  15. Hi Renard… I have just noticed that a WordPress blogger has reposted a recent post of mine without acknowledging me as the author. Could you please explain briefly the channels that you used to solve the problem as you mentioned here: “file a DMCA takedown notice if you ever discover that your blog post was posted on someone else’s blog without your permission.” He used my graphics and the whole post in entirety! I am so p’d off! Thanks in advance for your help. Amanda

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    1. 🙁 I am sorry to learn that someone posted your article without acknowledging you as the original author.

      On WordPress, the DMCA takedown notice is very easy to do.

      First of all, I recommend doing it on a computer because is easier to do on that device (It can be accomplished on a smartphone, but the process is a hassle).

      Once you are logged into your WordPress account and you are on the offender’s blog, scroll down until you see the follow icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the page (It would look something like a small square with a plus sign).

      Right next to the square with the plus sign, you will see three dots, click on it (You are clicking on the three dots and not the small square with the plus sign; if you click on the small square with the plus sign, you will end up following the person’s blog; which is something that you do not want to do).

      I will repeat, click on the three dots next to the square with the plus sign; once that is done, you will see the following options:

      • Get theme.
      • Report this content.
      • View site in Reader.
      • Manage subscriptions.
      • Expand this bar.

      Click on “Report this content”; you will see “Report content to WordPress.com staff” and you will see many other options; one of which you will select by clicking (The one you want is the second to last option; which reads, “This content infringes upon my copyright.”

      After you have done that, the “Continue” button will present itself at the bottom of the right-hand corner of the popup box; click on it.

      After you have done that, you will be presented with a form to fill out (Do not leave out the parts of the form where the asterisks are placed because it means that filling it out is mandatory).

      Once you have filled out the DMCA takedown notice form, you will receive an email from WordPress telling you that they are investigating the matter (The process may take somewhere around a day to two weeks; it all depends on the number of takedown notices that they have to perform [you are not the only one facing this problem] and they will get back to you).

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