It has been more than a week, when I received an e-mail from one of my competition winners. She forwarded me a link to a blog post. I clicked the link and almost had a heart attack. The picture I was looking at was a picture of MY Isabelle. Then I realised that someone has copied the whole post I wrote about our Easter egg hunting back in April. I was just staring at it, and didn't know what to do. Then I checked their archive, and would you believe that they managed to copy all my blog posts from 2009 until this April? It's about 450 blog posts, including images...They stole my blog! I was so angry and sad and had to act quickly. But it doesn't work that way. It's only you who wants to sort this out quickly. And what did I do?
First I took a few screen shots of the posts someone copied. I went on Twitter and moaned about it. I had so many responses straight away, which I was so glad for. Mostly people told me to check on http://www.whois.net/ to find out the owner. Unfortunately, as the blog is on Blogger (blogspot.com) it was impossible. Then also people advised me to report this to Blogger, which you can do at the top of your Blogger blog where it says " Report Abuse", which at the end should take you here http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=lr_dmca&product=blogger
I filled out the form and explained what had happened and included one link as an example. An hour later I received an e-mail from Blogger, that they were working on it and the next morning I had another e-mail stating they had removed that link. I was thinking, what??? weren't you reading my e-mail? You were supposed to remove the whole blog or all the illegally copied blog posts! Anyway, I responded to that e-mail, stating what I wanted them to do, but their reply was that I had to send basically all links of all the posts. So to start again! To get the responses took a few days and we also had to fly to see daddy's grandparents near Belfast, so I left it and was thinking of doing so when we get back home.
Meanwhile someone on Twitter also suggested to leave a comment on that blog, so I did. Later on I was reading about it, and people mostly don't encourage you to do it. But by that time Blogger removed 4 of the copied blog posts, so I stated in the comment that I had reported them to Blogger and to remove all the posts. Nothing was happening for a few days. Then we got back from Belfast. I was about to start sending the 450 links to the copied posts...when I clicked on the blog and the owner removed all the stolen blog posts! That's what I call a result. Unfortunately not thanks to the help of Blogger but thanks to leaving my comment on the fake copy of my blog!
I was also advised to change my RSS feed to partial in settings, which should prevent being able to copy the whole posts from the feed and also to link the title of a blog post to the url of the post.
Please, if you have any other tips, would love to hear them, as this could also help other people in similar situation. thank you ;)