Following on from yesterday’s Bloggers Beware article, I have an update.
It proved impossible to contact anyone on the site itself without leaving both my WordPress e-mail address and WordPress password. I declined to do this.
The site in question is hosted by Go Daddy therefore WordPress has no jurisdiction and was unable to assist apart from offering advice.
This morning I contacted the Help chatline on Go Daddy. The online assistant answered immediately and was very helpful, he assured me that the site will be taken down if I make an official copyright complaint. On the operative’s advice, I sent my complaint to this address, firstname.lastname@example.org – I am not expecting an immediate reply, but I am hopeful that the site will be taken down.
I also had a closer look at some of the other articles on the site. I found a name at the end of one article and I managed to trace the blogger. We are now in touch and she will also make a complaint. I will continue to check the other articles for names.
As I stated yesterday, the only reason I found out about the theft was because of the pingback between my Nan’s Farm site and here on Weekly Prompts, therefore perhaps there is a way to keep a check on our articles, though it wouldn’t help with the theft of individual photographs.
- Include a pingback to yourself on each post you write.
- Regularly check the comments on the dashboard just as you would with Spam.
- Include a copyright notice on your article, it may also help to trace you.
At a later date, if someone re-publishes a post that includes your pingback, it will show up on the dashboard in the comments.
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