Building the Ergonomic Guitar Blog was started as a way to document my ergonomic guitar build and as a way for me to collect information on ergonomics. It’s nothing fancy but its mine and I’ve spent some effort on it over the months. For a few months now, I’ve gotten used to seeing my little blog show up in the first set of results in a Google search. BTW – I haven’t done anything to promote it – there is just that little on the web about guitars and ergonomics, apparently.
I was googling the web for information on ergonomic guitars and instead of the usual hits on my blog, I came across hits for actoguitar.com using my posts as content! I dug a bit further to find that they’re listing my posts in their entirety as part of a “forum” and they’ve even created a forum “user” who they list as the contributor for these posts! I saw only a single credit to my actual blog in one of the “posts” but otherwise it would appear to the casual person that this content was the product of a participant on their forum.
I am NOT amused by this and I have contacted them in order to get to the bottom of this.
For those of you who have content published on the web and wish to protect it, you might be interested in the following:
This excellent article by Lorelle VanFossen details actions to take when someone steals your content (great step-by-step advice): What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content.
This site searches for copies of your site (actoguitar.com shows up when I search my own, for example) : CopyScape.com.
Maybe they’ll steal this too.
UPDATE 08.23.2006 – Simit Patel contacted me to indicate he has taken the old url that had pointed to his site’s copy of my content and has it now redirecting to my blog. I thank Simit for this as well as his responsiveness in this matter.
UPDATE 08.20.2006 – See the ongoing commentary from the Project Guitar Forum community regarding this issue at http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=25120
UPDATE 08.18.2006 – This matter has been resolved by Simit Patel (aka kidmercury) of Actoguitar.com. My content has been removed as per my request.