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Beware bloggers:

March 30, 2010

this website: http://abc.aqimg.com/ will use your tags to post stuff on its site.
See for example, my Baja Fresh post below: http://abc.aqimg.com/2010/03/review-baja-fresh/
In the beauty of Urbanspoon’s total slowness, this post “by” them is on urbanspoon, but mine is not. I would have no idea this website existed if it wasn’t for that. I saw the intro sentence on urbanspoon and I was like …why does that review sound a hell of a lot like my own, and who the hell is Knowledge Base?
Well I took a look…it seems they take anything tagged with a certain word/location and it ends up on there. Classy. There’s no link back to the original, and I’m guessing they haven’t stolen anybody else’s restaurant reviews, since mine is the only one that shows up here: http://www.urbanspoon.com/br/9/2230/Atlanta/Knowledge-Base.html

AND I JUST FOUND ANOTHER http://www.citysquirt.com/

But just a warning: probably stop using the tag Atlanta if you use WordPress. I am using it now to see if it shows up on that site though….

I figured out that they use RSS feeds to copy the posts. There is an easy way to stop this by going to settings > reading > and setting the feed to summary. Let’s see my posts show up on your crap from now on.
Also noticed that if you post pictures, it links from the very blog, so I’m letting other bloggers know about this garbage.

Seriously can they even do this? I wouldn’t have a damn problem with it if it wasn’t for the fact that it is blatantly ripping people off, not linking back to what it’s using, PREVENTING COMMENTS of all things. I sent them an email asking them to remove my post, so we’ll see if that actually happens.

EDIT: just checked on the site this morning and LO AND BEHOLD THEY COPIED THIS ENTRY (although for some reason it was only the first sentence + 2 words of the second) http://abc.aqimg.com/2010/03/beware-bloggers/
Also I reported them as a DMCA violation to Adsense, and let the blog here on WordPress know about it, so hopefully they can get me the host’s information because that’s the only thing I haven’t been able to figure out on my own.
Now I must go take an exam. I don’t really want to. I barely slept because I’ve been doing detective work on this.

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