Resources on Blog Copyright and Content Theft


As genealogy becomes more popular in the media, we are seeing more and more folks trying to get in on the act by setting up their own blogs and websites and stealing content from genealogy bloggers.

Here is an up-to-date list of resources on dealing with copyright issues and how to combat sploggers and content thieves.

Copyright Law and Information

  • Copyright Advisory Network – A community of librarians, copyright scholars, policy wonks with lots of handy tools for evaluating fair use, etc.
  • SplogSpot – learn the basics of how a splog works

Fighting Back


  • Creative Commons – most bloggers use this service to create a “share and share alike” license.

Tracking Tools

  • Google Alerts – set up alerts with your name, the name of your blog, etc.  You’ll be notified via e-mail when new content is added to Google’s search engine that matches your alert criteria.
  • Tracer – add this javascript snippet to your blog’s template.  Anytime someone uses copy and paste with your content, a warning appears linking to your Creative Commons license (via Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers).

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