Friday, March 24, 2006

CopyScape & Plaigerism

Go read this post from top Indian blog The Cook's Cottage.

Deccanheffalump is quite rightly angered.

And she also mentions Copyscape - a useful tool for checking for incidences of your blog being copied. I didn't know about it before and thought some others of you might find it interesting.

This Post was written by Sam from Becks Posh

PS - comments are disabled on this Cooks Cottage post, or at least they appeared to be when I tried to leave one.

10 comments:

Tana said...

I tried to leave a comment on her blog, since she asks if other food bloggers have been plagiarized. But then it says that no comments are allowed, so I'll post it here.

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There was a big ol' flap at the Food Whore's place a few months ago. She caught entire entries of her posts lifted by another blogger, who was attempting to convince people of her own non-existent wit or charm. I sussed the woman out, found links to her on other places online, and posted links to the Food Whore's pair of entries detailing the outrage.

The blogger lost her blog(s), and she no doubt will cringe with shame for years to come.

WHAT an idiot.

Tana said...

One more important thing to note: you have to input every single URL from your blog separately to find the matches for plagiarism.

Sam said...

breaking news on a similar subject (not food related, but blogging/plaigerism related)
Even if you did it a long time ago - it might come back to haunt you

Amy Sherman said...

Two more links to articles about a recent offender that has hit me and Sam, among others:

http://asap.ap.org/stories/457899.s

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/03/bloggers.html

deccanheffalump said...

Sorry there was a bit of a problem with my blog yesterday.Please do post your comments. It was definitely meant to be commented on. Thanks for the link Sam

Karen said...

Cross-posted on deccanheffalump's:

Filipino food bloggers have been hit with photo theft one after the other, at least those we've caught.

Santos had a photo published in a glossy recently. In November, one of my photos and one from Marketman were pilfered, entered as part of a recipe contest and published by a daily. When we called the editor's attention, she said she didn't read blogs that's why she didn't know the pictures were stolen. That's despite the pictures having a 72dpi resolution. (Never mind her logic, hehe!)

We have an ongoing (open deadline) "No Plagiarism" event (constructive/informative). I'm thinking if we should open this event to everyone now. Perhaps we can reformulate the guidelines.

McAuliflower said...

My Sweets brought up a good point... since the publication is obviously hoping you'll forget about all of this by softening you up with a job offer (as if!), ask them for back pay on the plagerized material ;)

Cate said...

Funny thing... I checked my site with Copyscape recently and while nothing of mine is lifted, there was a recipe that I attributed to the rightful owner, that was on another food blogger's website... same exact ingredients, just slightly different name. Not sure what to make of that one...

McAuliflower said...

Cate- I see that all the time and am never sure whether responding to it will make a difference without me looking like some policeman. :(

Cate said...

McAuliflower - a shame, isn't it? I make a point to give credit where credit's due, heck, even providing a link to the appropriate cookbook on Amazon, where appropriate. But to take someone's widely publicized recipe and just change the title just seems wrong.