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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Margaret Elmendorf
Guest

Sounds compliated for this old woman. Kind of glad we don’t use Word Press. You all have a super Monday.

Madison
Guest

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.

Cathy Kennedy
Guest

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.

cecilia upchurch
Guest

Yikes I had no idea…a burglar was stalking the interwebs.
Hugs Brian
Cecilia

easyweimaraner
Guest

that is a bad thing… we sometimes see our photos at instagram used by people we don’t know :O(

The Island Cats
Guest

Those thieves are stealing our stuff….we just don’t have the time and energy to stop them.

Memories of Eric and Flynn
Guest

I agree Brian, it is hard to believe almost a third of the year has gone already.
That is good info for those who are having their content stolen.

katie Isabella
Guest

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

jan
Guest

It is sad to think of internet thieves but thanks for the good information.

Sandee
Guest

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. ♥

Catscue Catmom
Guest

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!

Princess Leah
Guest

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

Ellen Pilch
Guest
Ellen Pilch

Thank you for all this information.

Eastside Cats
Guest

We’ve heard about those stealers, and hope that things get right! Looks like you’ve provided some good information; thanks!

The LLB Gang
Guest

OMD…We can’t believe those thieves are at it again….thanks for the great advice!
xoxo,
Rosy, Jakey & Arty

Cathy Keisha
Guest

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.

Mary Kirkland
Guest

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.

emma and buster
Guest

Our mom is not monitoring anything at all, but of course she’s not on wordpress either. But this is a good reminder to be watchful.

Jan K
Guest

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!

caren gittleman
Guest

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

The Swiss Cats
Guest

Great advice, and great tips ! Content thieves really suck. Purrs

Mollie Hunt
Guest

Thank you. Good info.

Melissa & Mudpie
Guest

It sure is discouraging to have this keep happening.

Summer
Guest

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.

Charles Huss
Guest

It’s too bad people have to be so unscrupulous. If someone wants to share my stuff, have the decency to ask. I’ll probably say yes.

Jeanna
Guest

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?

Mickeys Musings
Guest

Brian you are looking very handsome!!!!
You are also very smart to be giving some useful and very good advice and information!
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

The OP Pack
Guest

Good information, Brian. Mom says it all sounds pretty complex, but as long as it works . .

Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Sailor Edgar
Guest

If someone is determined to steal content, it is probably impossible to stop them, sad to say.

Angel Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
Guest
Angel Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song

Thank you for this important information

Kitties Blue
Guest

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

William’s Kith & Kin
Guest

We wonder, how did they learn content was stolen?

messymimi
Guest

Thanks for sharing the info, although i’m not sure my content has ever been stolen and how i would find out if it had.

Kathe W.
Guest

oh my I am not aware of this nonsense….some folks just do not have ethics.

Pat Hatt
Guest

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.

Little Binky and Granny
Guest

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🐾😽💞

Three Chatty Cats
Guest

That some great advice! It’s a shame there are bad people out there who steal other’s content.

The Hipster Kitties
Guest

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?”