Mancat Monday: About Those Content Thieves and WordPress PlugIns

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Hello everyone, it’s Mancat Monday, thanks for coming by to visit. WeeeeeOoooo, it sure is hard to believe that it’s the last week of March already. I must be having fun because time sure is flying. That’s no fooling!

Hey, speaking of fools, there have been several fools stealing content from our pals blogs lately and a lot of discussion going on about how to stop it. Let me say up front that the best and only real way is to file a DMCA notice to the offending sight. Also, you want to file it with the offending website AND the hosting company hosting the offending blog and/or website. The hosting companies tend to take this matter more seriously. If you don’t know how to find the site host, you can go to https://whois.icann.org/en, enter the website name, scroll to the bottom and look for the Raw WHOIS Record and close to the bottom you’ll see the Nameserver List and can identify the company hosting the site.

You can find more information on DMCA Notices here: https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/dmca/

Now then, about the plugins that claim to stop the content thieves. Do the work? Not really. Although they do stop the copy and paste functions from working on your blog, almost every content theft is automated, which means they don’t actually come to your blog and copy and paste the whole thing. They use numerous software that “scrapes” your content from your RSS feed. Even if you only use snippets, they can bypass that and get your entire content. There are a few plugins that, if you pay to upgrade to premium, will disable your RSS feed, but remember, that’s how most of us get your blogs everyday because Feed Readers also grab your RSS feed.

One more thing before I go. On WordPress you can easily see the last time a plugin was updated. If it’s not somewhat recent or it says not compatible with your version of WordPress, don’t install them, it’s a big security risk. File those DMCA Notices promptly when you find an offending site. I hope this was a wee bit helpful to you.

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38 thoughts on “Mancat Monday: About Those Content Thieves and WordPress PlugIns

  1. Madison

    We go through that whole mess of theft too. It is so much work to try to stop the thieves. So sad really. Great info, though, and thanks for sharing.

  2. Cathy Kennedy

    Brian,

    This is good information to know. I often wonder if my content is even worthy for those automated content thieves. Maybe I should give it more thought because after all I do put a lot of my self into my blog and I don’t want something to steal it right out from under my nose. I shared on Twitter since this is something more people need to be aware of.

  3. katie Isabella

    Brian…I had no idea it was WP blogs they were stealing. I thought it was BlogSpot. But regardless, I appreciate all this valuable how-to info and I am saving it in the event a CB person says they are having abad time. Thank you handsome boy. XXX

  4. Sandee

    Thanks for the update on how to thwart all the thieves out there. Janet is dealing with this I know and I’m sure there are others. You did a very good job is guiding those that need help stopping these thieves.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, Brian. My best to your peeps. ♥

  5. Catscue Catmom

    Wow, Brian! Good info, thanks so much – I’ll save this page to favorites rather than copy and paste the content into a Word file, which was my first inclination – oops!

  6. Princess Leah

    That’s not nice at all snaffling our furfriends stuffs!
    Butt, what are nice is that lovely photo of you Brian, looking VERY handsome there
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  7. Cathy Keisha

    Thanks for this post. I thought providing a short feed would help. Oh well. It seems they hit the same blogs every time, it doesn’t matter which platform they’re on. I wonder why. Every time one gets closed down, two more spring up.

  8. Mary Kirkland

    I’m sorry to hear that content is being stolen. I’ve filed a few noticed with sites when I’ve found my articles on other sites without my permission. I found one of my How To Care For Rats articles on a pest control website. I was thinking, do they even know what they have on their site? But I still had them take down my article.

  9. Jan K

    That is great information, thank you! These are some of the downfalls to blogging; having to deal with the whole world of nasty human beings. We woke up one morning last week to find out our blog had been hacked! Luckily our web host was able to quickly fix it for us!

  10. caren gittleman

    it’s complicated for THIS old woman (I read Marg’s comment) and unfortunately Dakota’s blog is on WordPress (Cody’s isn’t)…if something happens to Dakota’s blog I am going to just take it as a “sign” to end his blog (which I barely post on anyway lol)………thanks for all of the info!! xoxo

  11. Summer

    You have good advice about those content thieves, Brian! It seems like the best thing to do is to let the hosting company know through a DCMA.

  12. Jeanna

    I have no idea if someone is stealing content but besides photos, I can’t imagine why anyone would from me. I’m sorry this is happening, but I’ve booked marked your advice.
    So some of you kitties are Steelers fans? Enough to wear or photoshop a black and yellow cap on and post it?

  13. Kitties Blue

    Thanks for the heads-up about the plug-ins. The problem with the DMCA forms is that it is a ton of paper work when you find the site has stolen in excess of 60 posts. Makes me tired just thinking about it. I really do appreciate you addressing the subject. Looking good today, Brian. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  14. Pat Hatt

    Yeah, there is a ton of that. They use software, grab a whole bunch, maybe change a few words and then claim it as their own. Douchebags.

  15. Little Binky and Granny

    OMC we even don’t know if there’s anyone stealing posts or pictures from us, Brian, how do we know that? We have to see if there’s some Dutch information about the DMCA, to make it understandable for us. Pawkisses for a Relaxed Tuesday🐾😽💞

  16. The Hipster Kitties

    Charlee: “Thanks for the good advice about the DMCA, Brian!”
    Chaplin: “I thought DMCA stood for ‘Do More Cat Antics’.”
    Charlee: “Well, now you know better, don’t you?”

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