Case of the Copycat Blogger



We all know that plagiarism is illegal. And we know that in the Internet age, this is very rampant and easy to do because almost all sites with different topics are accessible via search engines like Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, etc. Just type in a keyword and presto! You’ll see all the sites that are related to that keyword. You can then copy and paste any of these information into your site/blog and claim it to be your own. This is what happened to The Cat.

One of my blogger friends The Cat, has recently found out that most of her blog entries have been copied word-for-word by “somebody” and used it in his/her blog. That “somebody” also hotlinked some of her graphics and that “somebody” even uses the same favicon! How sure is she it’s her work? you say. The Cat has a unique style of blogging. She calls it “Dyslexic blogging”, because in every post, she starts the entry with “Dear mouse,” and the copycat blogger also used that same starter line in his/her posts. Coincidence? Not!

The Cat’s blog is quite popular and she has good results in Google and Technorati so basically, this copycat is trying to use the copied posts to drive traffic to his/her blog. The Cat has asked the help of Sassy Lawyer regarding legal matters and other bloggers like Abe and Retz, her webmaster. I am posting this entry as my contribution. I hope that those who read this would spread the word and let others know about this copycat blogger.

You can read more about this in The Cat’s blog entries.


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10 Comments

  1. JP Habaradas

    January 29, 2006 at 9:35 AM

    @johanne – you're welcome. ka cute sang imo nga baby. regards na lang sa imo family, kay sir kag ma'am. God bless!

  2. johanne

    January 28, 2006 at 9:46 PM

    jaypee thanks for the comment and the prayers….. ur sooo sweet!!!!

  3. rho

    January 27, 2006 at 7:43 PM

    baka naman alternative site? (hehehe….) or hindi lang alam ni The Cat na meron syang "alternative" blogsite? Whew! I hate people who have the guts to do such thing. I was a victim of an intellectual property few years back. And I hate it! Damn it you, guys!

  4. Jaypee

    January 27, 2006 at 11:43 AM

    okay lang, what we're after is to make other bloggers and the public aware of what that copycat blog is doing. kahit sa entries ni Cat, naka link din sya dun so ginawa ko din.

  5. jong

    January 27, 2006 at 11:29 AM

    hay, dapat wag mo na i-link, swerte naman nya nakakuha pa siya ng traffic sayo… hehe

  6. Jaypee

    January 27, 2006 at 5:00 AM

    @Phil – i guess nobody likes 'em copycats of any kind. there's a saying "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" but any author or creator wouldn't agree to that. but then, you can imitate someone as long as you give them credit, right? in this case, no credits were given to the rightful owner.

    @Michele – nice way of saying it. hehe

  7. Michele

    January 27, 2006 at 3:06 AM

    Welcome to the jungle

    We take it day by day

    If you want it you're gonna bleed

    But it's the price you pay

  8. Phil Renaud

    January 27, 2006 at 1:23 AM

    ughhh
    I hate blogcopiers :( Probably for just the ego inflation, maybe for ad revenue. Either way, it still sucks.

  9. Jaypee

    January 27, 2006 at 1:22 AM

    i think the owner of that copycat blog is after the Google search results and Technorati rankings of the original blog. it wants to get popular fast for who know s what reason. could be for a product launch or for adsense.

  10. trench

    January 27, 2006 at 12:57 AM

    Whats the point of your own blog if your just gonna copy and paste! LOL

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