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Plagiarism: the worst yet

I know a lot of what I write is ripped off, often without linking back to Winedoctor or providing any credit. Finding small portions with a link back on other sites delights me – I’m very happy for that. Finding whole pages, with no link and no credit (and often stamped with someone else’s copyright statement) is depressing.

Thanks to Sarah Abbott who brought this site to my attention: Grand Tree Wines.

I lost count of the number of Bordeaux profiles reproduced on this site. Just click the appellation options in the “Grand Cru” box, bottom left, to find the links. I’ve had no response from emailing the two addresses given on the site, and no response from their hosting company, nicenic.com.

Perhaps it is because I’m writing in English? Or perhaps, as is often the case, the first action is to ignore my protests? Would anybody with a better grasp of Chinese (nicenic.com appears to be a Chinese company, although Grand Tree Wines are based in Hong Kong) like to protest on my behalf, or should I persevere in English?

5 Responses to “Plagiarism: the worst yet”

  1. Chris,

    I can understand why you have linked to them, to bring them to everyone’s attention, but sites such as this, who break copyright and seek to profit from your and others intellectual property should be ignored and not linked to. You are potentially increasing their page rank.

  2. I feel your pain – there is in fact a process for dealing with this rubbish, though whether it will work in China is another question. Follow this link for details of the process:http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/05/10/splog-off-dealing-with-content-theft/
    The blog is generally a good one about blogging. Good luck!

  3. Hi Edward

    Thanks for those comments. Page rank is only one part of how well a page sits in results pages, and the page rank conferred by a single link from this blog must be miniscule.

    I don’t agree that they should be ignored; the duplication of large amounts of my material online is damaging as it will flag up in Google’s “duplicate content” filter and will probably be more harmful to my site than any page rank changes. Google has a lot more emphasis on quality not just keywords and page rank these days, and originality of material is part of this (and many other features, some of which I have been working on today – “behind the scenes” work). Search for info on “Googe Panda updates” for more.

  4. Hi Cynthia.

    Thanks for that – I’ll take a look.

  5. Having said that Edward, your post did remind me to go to Google – you can apply to have pages like this removed from the search engine’s index.