Friday, May 15, 2009

Dick Move - iwyre.net

I'm pretty easy going about my writing and my code. I've granted people permission to republish blog posts in whole on several occasions. In fact, I can't recall ever having said no to somebody who's asked to republish a blog posting. On top of that, all the code I publish (unless it wasn't written by me) is published under a license that allows unlimited re-use without attribution.

Of course, I can't be quite so cavalier with Beginning iPhone Development because I'm neither the rights holder nor the sole author. But when it comes to stuff I publish on my blog, I'm generally happy to have it re-used and shared. When people ask to republish my writing, all I want in return is an attribution and a link back to my blog. For code, I don't even ask for that.

So, I must admit that it made me a little cranky today when I was notified about a site that's been just blatantly taking every single one of my blog postings and republishing them in their entirety without attribution. I believe it's probably being done automatically via a script because they don't even bother to change the internal links in the article.

But the byline on my articles reads "by admin". That's the part that really annoys me. They've listed an author for the articles I've written, and the author they've listed is not me.

This iwyre "portal" is no such thing. A portal aggregates material and shows you just enough to let you know whether you want to follow the link to the source material. what iwyre is doing is simple theft; it's stealing content in its entirety and not even bothering to give attribution to the author. And they're not stealing just from me. I noticed articles from KRAPPS and from other tutorial sites there, also done without attribution.

I have attempted to contact the site to get this resolved. I like doing things in a civil manner and try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Not everybody understands what is okay and what's not when it comes to content available the Internet. It could have been a misunderstanding. It could have been a mistake.

But, the administrative contact for that site is a bogus e-mail; in fact, several e-mails I've found for the people involved in this site are bogus, which leads me to believe this is an intentional scam, done with full knowledge that it's wrong and that it's a completely dick move. It's done with full knowledge that it's plagiarism, and they've taken steps to insulate themselves from takedown notices.

I suppose I could pursue this further. I have enough information about the guy who runs the site that I could get through to him if I really wanted to, but now that I'm pretty sure it's not an honest mistake, I expect any contact would be adversarial in nature. I suppose I could also report the site to Google and Amazon; I suspect that this blatant plagiarism violates the terms of service of both of their ad-revenue services, but I just don't know that it's worth the effort.

I know how much AdSense revenue I get from running my content on my blog, and it's not very much. After almost a year, the ads have generated almost as much as a junior iPhone developer would make in an hour. So, I should probably just let it lay and forget about it. I should just accept this as a natural part of internet life.

But it irks me.



15 comments:

Jack Axe said...

This is indeed a dick move. As the legal owner of the content you can probably send a DCMA takedown notice if you are sufficiently irked.

Jeff LaMarche said...

Jack:

Yes, I can. But they've made it difficult to do that and I just don't think it's worth the effort. I've taken some steps to make it harder for them to continue doing this in the future. I can't stop it, so I've done what I can and am moving on. Too much to do to get bogged down by this.

David Gregory said...

I'm sorry to see your content be stolen. It's good stuff. I've often referred to your site for good insights I hadn't thought of.

Just know that the thieves will eventually get theirs - and karma will win out.

I was going to suggest that you post the sites that were stealing, but that would lend unnecessary attention to them. Let them stay in their corner of the universe and not be found, except by stumbling.

Mostly Torn said...

Maybe someone with more resources (like TUAW) will deal with them. The site is also stealing all their content.

TC said...
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TC said...

I think your post's title says it all. It's pretty amusing to go their "portal" and see this post reproduced in its entirety. What a bunch of losers!

Matthew J said...

The funniest this is, that if you go to that site now, this post is included!

Of course, you were probably counting on that.

I'd keep posting articles talking about what they are doing, so that people reading them at that site will continue to be reminded of what's going on.

Zavie said...

I couldn't agree more with you. Nice move by the way: both of your posts now appears on their front page. :-)

Also, about bothering them, how about a good old Google bomb? Ooops, no I did not suggest it.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

TS said...

You are right to not want to get bogged down in this bull. The internet is rife with douchery and not letting it get you too worked up is the right way to go about your life.

Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the device detection bit.

Rich said...

I'm really sad to see your content get stolen. I think you should pursue this issue and drop the hammer on this Steve Wade character who owns the domain.