I have been made aware by one of my UK followers that tygpress.com, a scraper website, has illegally harvested content from WordPress blogs (like hers, and mine).
She saw her content there, and was upset (understandably). She told me she saw at least one of my posts there as well.
This tygpress site is hosted by Digital Ocean. You can google all of this to your heart’s content – quite a few people have posted on their own blog about this illegal practice, and how it has affected them, and what they are doing to protect themselves (although none of it seems to be foolproof, unfortunately).
I clicked on tygpress myself, worried that they have harvested my other blogs…but they’re down currently. This is the message that comes up:
Worst part, I think they might be generating revenue from this practice…(but I can’t check it out at the moment because their site is down.)
This is what WordPress says:
I don’t have any answer but maybe the programmer types who read here (Paul, Jonathan) might. If they have time to enlighten me with their brainy insights, I’ll post an update to this blog later. 🙂
In the meantime, Fandango over at This, That and the Other, has created a free badge you can copy and place on your blog. The badge looks like this:
Incidentally, there is an interesting article on Paul’s blog about the twitter re-tweet button; how it was invented and what its purpose was, etc. It’s kind of enlightening to read about it. Click on this blog post to read about it.