33Rockers content scraping

  • August 29th, 2006

I tried ever so hard to withhold the temptation to post the following rant. Unfortunately, the offending individual continues to do the wrong thing. I’d invite readers to point their attention to http://33rockers.com/. Ignore the fact that the site is – at the time of posting – running a modified 5ThirtyOne V2 theme. The same theme that I have made available for download.

The problem at hand is the fact that Karthik, the site author, has repeatedly scraped content verbatim from this very site [5ThirtyOne], as well as a second site – UNEASYsilence – which I have contributed to for the past two years.

The most recent offense? My post concerning the recently released Shorty self-hosted URL shortening utility: Shorty – Your own TinyURL generator.

My original opening content:

Khoi Vinh recently announced an awesome utility for anyone who frequently passes long URLs out to contacts. The service, known as Shorty, is a self-hosted alternative to URL shortening services like TinyURL or URL123. Shorty is self hosted. This means that any long URLs you pass through the utility will be prefixed with your own domain. […] Seeing as though Shorty – a self hosted solution – was too enticing to pass-up, I quickly downloaded the latest public beta release for comparison.

Karthik Kastury’s rendition:

Khoi Vinh recently announced an awesome utility for anyone who frequently passes long URLs out to contacts or site visitors. The service, known as Shorty, is a self-hosted alternative to URL shortening services like TinyURL or URL123. Shorty is self hosted. This means that any long URLs you pass through the utility will be prefixed with your own domain and whats more you don’t have to worry about losing your urls if the service a like TinyURl goes down. […] Seeing as though Shorty – a self hosted solution – was too enticing for me to leave, I quickly downloaded the latest public beta release for comparison.

Obviously Karthik was a little too lazy to copy the entire passage as the near verbatim write-up stops short of <!– more –>

This is not the first offense as I have noticed content being ripped on multiple occasions. Just recently I received an email complete with an appology for content being lifted from UNEASYsilence earlier this week.

So, drop some comment love, drop a few words of disapproval, or express your own feelings about writers who feel the urge to scrape content despite being caught & apologizing.

Technical Contact:
Karthik
5-184 “Ashwin”
5th Main V.P Nagar

Udupi
Karnataka
576102

India
coolkarthik88@gmail.com
+091 0820-2573578

Unfortunately, the standard “send the host an email” has failed to garner any real results. Who knows what other blogs are having their content scraped.