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I typed in their blog’s URL, WordPress.com mentioned that their website was no longer available and that the blog had been archived or suspended in accordance with their Terms of Service.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