A number of bloggers recently noted that their content was being republished on a “parenting site” called It’s Parenting, which appears to be a site whose sole content is republished from the RSS feeds of other bloggers. A quick persual of the site yesterday revealed work stolen from How To Be A Dad, Alpha Mom, Rookie Moms, Rage Against the Minivan, and Fit Pregnancy, among others,
Today, The Young Mommy wrote a post on her own blog detailing the content theft and it immediately showed up on Its Parenting, indicating that the site is not editing posts in but rather scraping automatically. (Or the owner is a moron. Probably both).
Of course, bloggers are finding the hilarity in seeing It’s Parenting report on it’s own shady practices:
The site features a page discussing copyrighting, but rather than detailing the copyright rules of their own site’s content, as most publishers would, they outline a process for complaints about someone else’s content appearing on their site:
Claims of Copyright Infringement
If you believe content appearing on THIS SITE infringes on your copyright, please notify us here with the following information:
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
- The exact URL or a description of each place where alleged infringing material is located.
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use has not been authorized by you, your agent, or the law.
- Your electronic or physical signature or the electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on your behalf.
- A statement by you made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate, that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Their copyright page also includes a vague threat of legal action against anyone “who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing.”
It’s Parenting appears to be only one of a number of similar websites run by the same person, seeking to monetize the content of others. A quick google search of the email contact for It’s Parenting (email@example.com) reveals they are also running other similar sites, including oodandtravelguide.com, beautyandstyle365.com, timelesshealthandbeauty.com, and allsports247. These sites feature stolen content from other sites within that genre.
If you are a blogger concerned that your work is being scraped, you can google the name of your site along with the It’s Parenting url, but unfortunately it appears that the result is that the site pulls content and then finds other bloggers to scrape.
Any ideas for a more permanent solution? I’ve not heard of anyone getting a personal response from It’s Parenting. Their twitter feed, facebook page, and blog all appear to be automatically updated, and the individual(s) behind this operation remain a mystery.