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Sam Newman's site, a Consultant at ThoughtWorks

A while ago, I wrote an “article”:http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2003/08/08/rss.html on RSS and the Java “Informa API”:http://informa.sourceforge.net/ for O’Reilly’s “java.net”:http://java.net site. This morning, my Google blog search called up an odd search result – it seems as though a certain Dr. Charlie Peng had copied the article wholesale for his BlogSpot blog, ‘IT Architect’. It looks like a blatant attempt to create a high-ranked blog in order to achieve something (probably commercial gain – I don’t think it’ll help him get girls). If achieving high-ranking is his goal, I’m sure he could of picked some better articles to steal, with some better buzzword density – RSS is _so_ 2003.

I’ve flagged the site, left a comment and informed O’Reilly. Knowing how responsive Google are at removing dodgy blogspot blogs, I don’t expect much to happen anytime soon – unless O’Reilly decide to throw so weight around that is. In the meantime, you can view the stolen article at “architectit dot blogspot dot com /2006/07/rss-in-jsp-using-rss-in-jsp-pages-by.html” (no link referrals for _him_) – although I’d prefer it if you simply read the original article over at “Java.net(Using RSS in JSP)”:http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2003/08/08/rss.html.

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4 Responses to “Article Theft”

  1. Jonathan Bailey

    This is sadly pretty common behavior. Most likely the individual involved is a spam blogger (splogger) just trying to pad his search engine results. Google is pretty slow about removing Blogger posts, mostly due to volume, but if you submit a DMCA notice to them they will usually remove it in a day or two.

    I wrote an article a while back about Google and its special DMCA requirements, if you want to read it you can find it here:

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/?p=257

    If you want any help with this, just shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do!

    Hope this works out for you.

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  2. Tom Clancy

    This is shocking. You don’t think a few hundred words on RSS will land one bitches?

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  3. sam

    Jonathan – Thanks for the quick response. I’ll leave it to O’Reilly for a bit, but if I don’t hear anything from them I’ll chase it up myself.

    Tom – you’d be suprised. Apparently gradient fills don’t get them going either!

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  4. Kanquona Bhattacharj

    I agree and still does not know how to tackle it. I find many of my articles being published elsewhere by the authors in their name. I just post a comment there but still not sure how can I stop it. It really hurts.

    Reply

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