Your blog posts may be harvested illegally

 

I have been made aware by one of my UK followers that tygpress.com, a scraper website, has illegally harvested content from WordPress blogs (like hers, and mine).

She saw her content there, and was upset (understandably). She told me she saw at least one of my posts there as well.

This tygpress site is hosted by Digital Ocean. You can google all of this to your heart’s content – quite a few people have posted on their own blog about this illegal practice, and how it has affected them, and what they are doing to protect themselves (although none of it seems to be foolproof, unfortunately).

I clicked on tygpress myself, worried that they have harvested my other blogs…but they’re down currently. This is the message that comes up:

Worst part, I think they might be generating revenue from this practice…(but I can’t check it out at the moment because their site is down.)

This is what WordPress says:

Copyright Infrigement: What to do

I don’t have any answer but maybe the programmer types who read here (Paul, Jonathan) might. If they have time to enlighten me with their brainy insights, I’ll post an update to this blog later. šŸ™‚

In the meantime, Fandango over at This, That and the Other, has created a free badge you can copy and place on your blog. The badge looks like this:

Badge created by Fandango to prevent tygpress from harvesting your content on your blog

Incidentally, there is an interesting article on Paul’s blog about the twitter re-tweet button; how it was invented and what its purpose was, etc. It’s kind of enlightening to read about it. Click on this blog post to read about it.

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Your blog posts may be harvested illegally

  1. Uuugh, that sucks. This has happened to me in the past and I have sent a cease-and-desist email and my stuff was taken down right away. I assume this new site would do the same – they are not interested in a lawsuit, just quick bucks. So I’d definitely get in touch with them or their hosting provider (actually, sounds like maybe someone beat you to it).

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  2. If tygpress set up again, they will most likely use another name. I don’t know how they generate revenue from it but this isn’t just a ‘let’s have fun’. They’re getting money out of it one way or another. From what I’ve heard these sites are common. I would not have known that my posts (nearly all of them) had been taken if I hadn’t read something about tygpress on Paula Light’s site.
    You need to be careful what you put up there in the first place.
    On a lighter note – I do find that intriguing – wondering what can go public or not – that was what my site was about – now, it’s ‘what can go absolutely public’? Do you just put up there what you wouldn’t mind being taken? That is – what is without value, or looks so?
    But it all has value.

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  3. Claudette, it was pointed out to me recently that my blogs had been harvested to by this site too, although I should mention that mine was an excerpt and when you clicked on “more” it redirected you back to my WP site. The last 7 or 8 of my blogs were posted, under a separate section called thehomeplaceweb. This explains why my views/visitors have been high on the days I post my weekly blog, but my actual WP likes are much lower. I contacted a Happiness Engineer about these stats which didn’t seem to make sense a few months ago and all he said was that I must be popular on google search (hard to believe with my generic type blog and less than 200 followers). The second time I contacted WP last week the H.E. was very evasive. I’m sure he knew the likely cause. But it is the logical explanation and now at least I know why. I wonder how many other scavenger sites there are out there besides this one? What do they get out of it? Revenue from ads? Last year I had some of my blogs reposted on a similar kind of site in Singapore but I believe I got a notification through a WordPress link, and that was only 2 or 3, mostly garden ones, and then it stopped. Now, I’m wondering it that one was illegitimate too? Maybe they just stop when they get caught.

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    1. I don’t have any answers but given the message that comes up on that site I assume there were many complaints.

      Typically people don’t mind the sharing of their content. It’s more about permission and giving credit where due.

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  4. They are just scraping content and re-purposing it. You’re probably better off getting in touch with the Electronic Frontier Foundation – or adding the Creative Commons badge to your site.

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  5. I’d seen that badge on a book review post withing the last day or so and thought it was related to something else entirely. I had not heard of this before, so thank you for posting this. This is hugely concerning, but is just one more drop in the bucket for all those people that have zero compunction about violating copyrights.

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  6. My posts are pretty dull, so I doubt they’ll do much harvesting. I don’t think I care. Still, for those of you who have lots of good content – I do see why you’d be upset. I’m curious too, so once the site comes back up I’ll check it out.

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    1. Point is the words are yours and they have no right to use them whichever way the want without your permission. It’s stealing. Like saying, my house got broken into and all they took was the pizza on the counter, but not my devices. Point is they broke in… šŸ™‚

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      1. True – it’s definitely a violation. I just did a quick Google search on TygPress and it’s really getting a lot of activity. So they re-posted blog articles without permission, stripping off the authors. Weird. Maybe Digital Ocean will tell them to cut it out.

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  7. Putting my cynical hat on for a moment, that out of service notice on their website looks a lot like they know they’ve been caught and are desperately trying to backpedal.

    As for what to do, I would watch what their site looks like when it comes back up and, if they are still scraping content without attribution, contact Digital Ocean and see what they say.

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    1. It’s been done (Digital Ocean basically says the same thing WP does according to one blogger). I went on a few sites that have commented about this and looked through some of the comments and frankly, there is little that can be done. But outrage is a good thing in a situation like this…because at least for now the site is down. And people are aware.

      I’ll keep watching. And I agree they are trying to save face.

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