I don’t usually open my email inbox as it is always full of spam, mostly emails congratulating me for winning the lottery or hitting the jackpot on a raffle draw that I never recalled joining. But what caught my attention on my inbox this time is the email with the subject “Plagiarized blog content” that came from a concerned blog reader.
I was dumbfounded when I read the email, I never thought that this will happen to me. Apparently, one of my articles in this blog was copied by another blogger without giving due attribution or acknowledging the source. I don’t want to dignify this blogger and put his/her link on this blog but in case you’re interested to know what blog is this, you can email me and I would be happy to send you the blog’s link. Who knows? You may also find some of your articles there too, lol. I will not be surprise if there are other bloggers out there who have been victimized by bloggers who lack creativity. I don’t know why somebody will decide to become a blogger when she can not even write her own content or have the decency to acknowledge that she has copied it from another blogger.
To think that the article is a paid post made it even worse. This blogger just earned a couple of dollars because of somebody else’s creation. Well, she did change the title of the article and added another paragraph but still, most of it were copied word for word from my post.
I want to act on this but I don’t know where to start. I know that I can report to search engines like Google and Yahoo but aside from that I don’t know where else to go.
Below is the email that I received, without the other blogger’s link. I have the blog’s screenshot instead.
I stumbled upon your site and it was a surprise to find out and see an identical article on someone's site. Your article about Direct TV with this link: http://2forlife.blogspot.com/2009/03/make-switch-to-direct-tv.html is very identical to this link: xxxxxx. I'm not sure if you own both sites but from the looks of it, I don't think it's possible.
I assume this is an article that you wrote and got paid for, and it would be such a shame to allow the other person to use your content and also get paid for it: your own creation.
FYI. You should act on this and report the other blogger to the proper authorities. It's a concern to see someone get violated like this.
Here's the screenshot of the blog, you can click on it for a larger view: