Blaming Technology for Splogging

Stop Content Theft

I want to point out to the members and readers of GeneaBloggers a great post by Richard Byrne of the Free Technology for Teachers blog. It is entitled Stop Blaming the Technology and relates his recent encounter with a splogger who tried to blame the autofeed plugin he was using for stealing blog content. Read the entire post and you’ll be amazed – especially in the email exchange when the blogger said that plagiarism is a “gray area.” For realz.

This week, there was another incident of a site posting content from many genealogy bloggers without proper attribution.  As is my rule, I won’t mention the site or link back to the site so as not to feed them any traffic.  I too had quite an email exchange with the site owner who couldn’t understand that what he was doing – or better yet, what his WordPress plugin was doing (because you blame the technology instead of taking responsibility for your own actions, right?). He did understand that you can’t take the entire contents of another blog post and slap it on your site without permission or without proper attribution.

Especially if you are a new blogger here in the GeneaBloggers community, review our list of resources for Blog Copyright and Content Theft under Blog Resources. And because of the recent increase of sploggers using these autofeed plugins, it might be a good idea to set up a Google Alert or two using your own name and blog name to monitor this type of activity.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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